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Gibbs scores 23 in No. 13 Notre Dame's 105-66 victory

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Sophomore guard T.J. Gibbs showed once again Thursday night that he can share the scoring load for No. 13 Notre Dame, finishing with a career-high 23 points as the Irish won their third straight game to start the season, 105-66 over Chicago State.

''I've said from the beginning of fall practice that T.J. shoots the ball better than people think,'' said senior point guard Matt Farrell, who finished with 18 points and four assists. ''Some teams will key on Bonzie (Colson) and me, and that will open up shots for others. We have confident in them and they have confidence in themselves.''

Coach Mike Brey, who picked up his 385th career win at Notre Dame, likes the way his New Jersey guards Farrell (Point Pleasant Beach) and Gibbs (Seton Hall Prep) are meshing.

''They have a great feel for each other,'' Brey said. ''Matt and Bonzie have gotten T.J. more confident. I thought he'd be a good shooter when we recruited him.''

Colson, a preseason Associated Press All-American selection, came within one rebound of his third straight double-double to start the season, finishing with 15 points and nine rebounds. Freshman D.J. Harvey came off the bench to score a career-high 16 points in the game that never was in doubt after Notre Dame started off 7-0 and raced to a 56-29 halftime lead.

Gibbs survived an elbow that left a welt over his right eye with 11:59 remaining in the second half to surpass his previous best of 21 points in Notre Dame's season-opening victory at DePaul. He finished 8 of 11 from the field, including 4 of 7 beyond the 3-point arc, and added three assists before taking a seat on the bench with 5:47 remaining.

''This was a great focus win for us,'' Gibbs said. ''They (Chicago State) gave us a lot of looks we haven't seen this year.''

Notre Dame shot 62.1 percent while holding Chicago State (1-3) to 36.1 percent. The Irish had a 41-24 edge on the boards, scored 24 points off 15 Chicago State turnovers and outscored the Cougars 46-26 in the paint.

Fred Sims Jr. led Chicago State with 19 points and Jelani Pruitt had 16.

BIG PICTURE

Chicago State: The Cougars, who started four guards against the Irish, fell behind 7-0 and trailed by as many as 30 points in the first half. Thursday's 39-point loss was Chicago State's fourth of 33 or more points. The Cougars have 10 more games against schools that played in postseason tournaments (NCAA, NIT, CBI, CIT) last season.

Notre Dame: The Irish continue to see other players step up to share the offensive load with Colson and Farrell. The outputs by Gibbs and Harvey, who was 5 of 8 from the field, were appreciated by Brey.

''D.J. is a gifted guy,'' Brey said. ''It was a great night for him - he got 22 minutes and got into a scoring rhythm. Our seniors know he's important to us.''

BREY COUNTDOWN

Brey, who is in his 18th season at Notre Dame, needs just nine more wins to surpass the school record of 393 by Digger Phelps, who coached 20 seasons at Notre Dame beginning in 1971. Under Phelps, the Irish ended UCLA's 88-game winning streak in 1974 and also made their only trip to the Final Four in 1978.

UP NEXT

Chicago State: The Cougars stay on the road Saturday at Northern Iowa.

Notre Dame: The Irish leave campus Friday morning at 6 for Chicago and two flights (a layover in San Francisco) and 18 hours of travel to Hawaii for the Maui Jim Maui Invitational in Lahaina. They play tournament host Chaminade in Monday's opening round and either Michigan or LSU on Tuesday.

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Key Players
R. Shaw
B. Colson
35.0 Min. Per Game 35.0
22.5 Pts. Per Game 22.5
3.0 Ast. Per Game 3.0
12.0 Reb. Per Game 12.0
28.6 Field Goal % 61.5
0.0 Three Point % 20.0
50.0 Free Throw % 78.6
+ 1 Jelani Pruitt made 2nd of 2 free throws 6.0
  Jelani Pruitt missed 1st of 2 free throws 6.0
  Shooting foul on John Mooney 6.0
+ 1 Nikola Djogo made 2nd of 2 free throws 22.0
  Nikola Djogo missed 1st of 2 free throws 22.0
  Shooting foul on Montana Byrd 22.0
+ 2 Cameron Bowles made layup, assist by Montana Byrd 39.0
+ 1 Nikola Djogo made 2nd of 2 free throws 54.0
  Nikola Djogo missed 1st of 2 free throws 54.0
  Shooting foul on Anthony Harris 54.0
+ 2 Montana Byrd made layup, assist by Anthony Harris 1:10
Team Stats
Points 66 105
Field Goals 22-61 (36.1%) 36-58 (62.1%)
3-Pointers 6-16 (37.5%) 10-22 (45.5%)
Free Throws 16-21 (76.2%) 23-30 (76.7%)
Total Rebounds 24 41
Offensive 11 12
Defensive 10 25
Team 3 4
Assists 13 18
Steals 9 9
Blocks 2 8
Turnovers 15 12
Fouls 21 18
Technicals 0 1
19 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST
23 PTS, 1 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo Chicago State 1-3 293766
home team logo 13 Notre Dame 3-0 5649105
Team Stats
away team logo Chicago State 1-3 61.6 PPG 34.6 RPG 11.8 APG
home team logo 13 Notre Dame 3-0 68.7 PPG 39 RPG 12.8 APG
Key Players
00
F. Sims Jr. G PPG RPG APG FG%
10
T. Gibbs G 13.4 PPG 1.9 RPG 3.4 APG 34.7 FG%
Top Scorers
F. Sims Jr. G 19 PTS 4 REB 2 AST
T. Gibbs G 23 PTS 1 REB 3 AST
36.1 FG% 62.1
37.5 3PT FG% 45.5
76.2 FT% 76.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
F. Sims Jr. 19 4 2 6/17 2/7 5/5 1 31 2 0 2 1 3
G. Burns 3 2 2 1/1 0/0 1/2 4 23 2 0 3 1 1
A. Harris 1 3 1 0/1 0/0 1/4 2 21 2 1 1 1 2
P. Szpir 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 9 0 0 0 0 0
R. Shaw 0 0 0 0/3 0/0 0/0 2 9 0 0 1 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
F. Sims Jr. 19 4 2 6/17 2/7 5/5 1 31 2 0 2 1 3
G. Burns 3 2 2 1/1 0/0 1/2 4 23 2 0 3 1 1
A. Harris 1 3 1 0/1 0/0 1/4 2 21 2 1 1 1 2
P. Szpir 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 9 0 0 0 0 0
R. Shaw 0 0 0 0/3 0/0 0/0 2 9 0 0 1 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Pruitt 16 6 1 5/13 2/3 4/5 0 26 0 0 2 4 2
D. Simmons 13 3 0 5/10 0/0 3/3 3 23 0 1 0 2 1
T. Bell 5 0 0 2/3 1/2 0/0 1 8 1 0 1 0 0
M. Byrd 4 1 1 1/3 0/2 2/2 4 13 0 0 0 0 1
A. Dubovitskiy 3 0 1 1/2 1/2 0/0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0
C. Bowles 2 0 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 2 9 0 0 0 0 0
J. Stephens-Holmes 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 2 0 0 1 1 0
N. Townsen Jr. 0 1 4 0/3 0/0 0/0 0 17 2 0 4 1 0
S. Henton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Joyce - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Odiase - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 66 21 13 22/61 6/16 16/21 21 200 9 2 15 11 10
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Gibbs 23 1 3 8/11 4/7 3/3 2 28 1 0 1 0 1
M. Farrell 18 5 4 6/14 1/6 5/5 1 27 5 0 1 2 3
B. Colson 15 9 1 7/10 0/1 1/1 2 24 1 5 2 2 7
M. Geben 8 4 1 3/4 0/0 2/4 0 17 0 1 0 2 2
R. Pflueger 7 2 1 2/4 1/2 2/2 3 28 1 0 4 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Gibbs 23 1 3 8/11 4/7 3/3 2 28 1 0 1 0 1
M. Farrell 18 5 4 6/14 1/6 5/5 1 27 5 0 1 2 3
B. Colson 15 9 1 7/10 0/1 1/1 2 24 1 5 2 2 7
M. Geben 8 4 1 3/4 0/0 2/4 0 17 0 1 0 2 2
R. Pflueger 7 2 1 2/4 1/2 2/2 3 28 1 0 4 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Harvey 16 4 2 5/8 2/4 4/5 1 22 1 0 1 2 2
J. Mooney 9 5 1 3/4 1/1 2/2 3 16 0 1 1 2 3
E. Burns 4 3 0 1/2 0/0 2/2 3 12 0 0 0 1 2
M. Gregory 3 1 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 6 0 0 0 0 1
N. Djogo 2 0 4 0/0 0/0 2/4 1 10 0 0 2 0 0
A. Torres 0 3 1 0/0 0/0 0/2 2 8 0 1 0 0 3
L. Nelligan 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Total 105 37 18 36/58 10/22 23/30 18 200 9 8 12 12 25