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Notre Dame ends skid with 88-80 victory over Boilermakers

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Notre Dame finally played the way coach Mike Brey wanted.

They worked hard, shot well and they demonstrated they could deliver a knockout punch, too.

John Mooney scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds while D.J. Harvey matched his career-high with 19 points to lead Notre Dame past Purdue 88-80 in the first game of Saturday's Crossroads Classic.

''This is huge for us. We lost to two good teams away from our building. If we go 0-3 we're digging out of a hole for a while,'' Brey said. ''If there are must-wins in December, we were staring at one today.''

The Fighting Irish (7-3) snapped a two-game losing streak by becoming the first in-state school to beat Purdue since February 2016.

And though they never trailed over the final 35 minutes, it sure wasn't easy on or off the court.

One day after the athletic department announced freshman Robby Carmody would miss the rest of this season with a torn labrum, the Irish suffered another big blow when senior Ref Pflueger crumpled to the floor with 5:36 to play, clutching his left knee. He was carried directly into the locker room and later returned to the bench with the knee packed in ice.

Brey credited Pflueger with helping the Irish turning things around Saturday and said the starting guard would have an MRI next week.

''It didn't look good,'' Brey said.

Pflueger's teammates took the cue from his big game - seven points and a career best 10 assists - and closed it out almost according to the script, too.

Notre Dame opened the game by making 11 of their first 14 shots and eventually used a 12-2 spurt to take a 30-18 lead with 8:14 left in the first half.

The Boilermakers (6-5, 1-1 Big Ten) closed the half on a 7-2 run, cutting the deficit to 36-29, and got as close as 42-38 with 16:01 left to play before Notre Dame answered with a putback and Harvey's 3-pointer to make it 47-38.

Purdue never got closer than five again despite getting 27 points from Carsen Edwards and 15 from Ryan Cline. The Boilermakers have lost two in a row, four of five and had their nine-game winning streak against in-state schools snapped.

''We just had too many breakdowns defensively,'' Purdue coach Matt Painter said. ''When you're just trying to outscore somebody, you're not going to win too many basketball games.''

BIG PICTURE

Notre Dame: The Irish completed a brutal nonconference stretch by going 3-2 against five straight power-conference teams. Things should get a little easier before heading into ACC play, and if they can overcome the injuries Notre Dame could emerge as a stronger team.

Purdue: The Boilermakers have struggled to find a consistent complementary scorer for Edwards and it looks like they will continue to struggle until they do.

STAT PACK

Notre Dame: Notre Dame won its first game in the Classic in three years. ... T.J. Gibbs scored 12 points and Dane Goodwin added 11 points. ... The Irish shot 52 percent from the field and were 11 of 21 on 3s.

Purdue: The Boilermakers are 0-3 against ACC schools with previous losses against Virginia Tech and Florida State. ... A six-day break didn't help the Boilermakers solve their shooting woes. After going 9 of 32 on 3s in last Sunday's loss at Texas, they were 9 of 29 against Notre Dame. ... Trevion Williams scored 10 points and was the only other player to reach double figures. ... Purdue had a 40-30 rebounding advantage, including 15-2 on offensive rebounds.

THEY SAID IT

Notre Dame: ''It's huge. We closed it out,'' Mooney said.

Purdue: ''It was just our lapses that gave them open shots. We can't just play through our offense. We have to get stops,'' Cline said.

UP NEXT

Notre Dame: Welcomes Binghamton Tuesday for its first home game since Nov. 24.

Purdue: Hosts Mid-American Conference foe Ohio on Thursday.

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Key Players
C. Edwards
3 G
T. Gibbs
10 G
33.9 Min. Per Game 33.9
13.7 Pts. Per Game 13.7
3.4 Ast. Per Game 3.4
2.7 Reb. Per Game 2.7
42.9 Field Goal % 33.6
39.4 Three Point % 30.6
89.8 Free Throw % 70.0
  Defensive rebound by T.J. Gibbs 5.0
  Carsen Edwards missed 3-pt. jump shot 7.0
+ 1 D.J. Harvey made 2nd of 2 free throws 12.0
+ 1 D.J. Harvey made 1st of 2 free throws 12.0
  Personal foul on Aaron Wheeler 12.0
+ 2 Aaron Wheeler made dunk 12.0
  Offensive rebound by Aaron Wheeler 14.0
  Ryan Cline missed jump shot 16.0
+ 1 T.J. Gibbs made 2nd of 2 free throws 25.0
+ 1 T.J. Gibbs made 1st of 2 free throws 25.0
  Personal foul on Grady Eifert 25.0
Team Stats
Points 80 88
Field Goals 30-70 (42.9%) 26-50 (52.0%)
3-Pointers 9-29 (31.0%) 11-21 (52.4%)
Free Throws 11-18 (61.1%) 25-29 (86.2%)
Total Rebounds 40 30
Offensive 12 1
Defensive 25 28
Team 3 1
Assists 17 20
Steals 5 6
Blocks 2 4
Turnovers 7 8
Fouls 21 15
Technicals 0 0
27 PTS, 1 REB, 3 AST
21 PTS, 7 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Purdue 6-5 295180
home team logo Notre Dame 7-3 365288
Team Stats
away team logo Purdue 6-5 76.6 PPG 38.7 RPG 14.2 APG
home team logo Notre Dame 7-3 70.7 PPG 40 RPG 13.2 APG
Key Players
3
C. Edwards G 23.8 PPG 3.6 RPG 3.2 APG 39.8 FG%
33
J. Mooney F 14.1 PPG 10.9 RPG 1.2 APG 47.7 FG%
Top Scorers
C. Edwards G 27 PTS 1 REB 3 AST
J. Mooney F 21 PTS 7 REB 1 AST
42.9 FG% 52.0
31.0 3PT FG% 52.4
61.1 FT% 86.2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Edwards 27 1 3 8/22 4/10 7/8 2 38 1 0 2 0 1
R. Cline 15 3 5 5/13 3/9 2/3 1 31 0 0 0 0 3
G. Eifert 8 3 3 3/6 2/3 0/0 5 30 1 0 1 2 1
N. Eastern 3 6 4 1/3 0/0 1/4 5 32 1 0 2 2 4
M. Haarms 2 3 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 11 0 1 2 1 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Edwards 27 1 3 8/22 4/10 7/8 2 38 1 0 2 0 1
R. Cline 15 3 5 5/13 3/9 2/3 1 31 0 0 0 0 3
G. Eifert 8 3 3 3/6 2/3 0/0 5 30 1 0 1 2 1
N. Eastern 3 6 4 1/3 0/0 1/4 5 32 1 0 2 2 4
M. Haarms 2 3 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 11 0 1 2 1 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Williams 10 4 0 5/6 0/0 0/0 1 9 2 1 0 0 4
E. Boudreaux 9 7 1 4/7 0/2 1/3 3 20 0 0 0 3 4
A. Wheeler 4 6 0 2/6 0/2 0/0 2 10 0 0 0 2 4
E. Hunter Jr. 2 2 0 1/4 0/1 0/0 0 7 0 0 0 2 0
S. Stefanovic 0 2 1 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 12 0 0 0 0 2
T. Luce - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Dowuona - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. King - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 80 37 17 30/70 9/29 11/18 21 200 5 2 7 12 25
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Mooney 21 7 1 6/8 3/3 6/7 1 29 1 1 2 0 7
D. Harvey 19 5 1 6/10 3/5 4/4 2 22 1 1 2 0 5
T. Gibbs 12 3 4 3/11 3/5 3/4 3 36 0 0 1 0 3
R. Pflueger 7 3 10 2/4 1/3 2/2 0 30 2 0 1 0 3
P. Hubb 7 1 2 1/6 0/3 5/6 4 33 0 0 1 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Mooney 21 7 1 6/8 3/3 6/7 1 29 1 1 2 0 7
D. Harvey 19 5 1 6/10 3/5 4/4 2 22 1 1 2 0 5
T. Gibbs 12 3 4 3/11 3/5 3/4 3 36 0 0 1 0 3
R. Pflueger 7 3 10 2/4 1/3 2/2 0 30 2 0 1 0 3
P. Hubb 7 1 2 1/6 0/3 5/6 4 33 0 0 1 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Goodwin 11 4 1 4/5 1/2 2/3 1 25 0 0 1 1 3
J. Durham 8 2 1 3/5 0/0 2/2 3 10 1 2 0 0 2
N. Laszewski 3 4 0 1/1 0/0 1/1 0 14 0 0 0 0 4
N. Djogo 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
L. Nelligan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Carmody - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Doherty - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 88 29 20 26/50 11/21 25/29 15 200 6 4 8 1 28