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Goodwin leads Notre Dame past Robert Morris 92-57

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Mike Brey liked what he saw at both ends of the court, and particularly in light of how young this college basketball season is.

''This is what, 20 home openers?'' Brey said of his time as Notre Dame coach following Saturday's 92-57 blowout victory over Robert Morris.

''I don't know if I've ever been more pleased about one, given what I needed to see after last year,'' the coach said. ''I saw some stuff today that I was going, man, that's really good to see in November.''

Last season, the Fighting Irish (1-1) went 14-19, their worst record under Brey. On Saturday, according to the coach, they were a team that was fast, yet controlled, on offense, a team that guarded effectively and a team that performed fearlessly.

Dane Goodwin led a balanced attack with 18 points off the bench as Notre Dame improved to 20-0 in home openers under Brey.

T.J. Gibbs added 15 points, Prentiss Hubb 13, Robby Carmody 13 and John Mooney a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Already leading 39-20 at the break, the ball-sharing Irish effectively put the game away with a 16-2 spree over the first four minutes of the second half for a 55-23 advantage. All five ND starters scored during that spurt.

Josh Williams netted 18 of his game-high 21 points for the Colonials (0-2) in the second half, finishing 6-of-16 on 3-pointers, but little else went right for the visitors.

''I thought our effort was horrendous,'' RMU coach Andrew Toole said. ''Obviously, their guys really know how to play. They take advantage of any crack in your armor. They'll expose your weaknesses if you're not engaged or urgent, and they did it to us all day long.''

The Irish shot 57% from the field while holding the Colonials to 34%. Notre Dame also made 22 of 25 free throws to the visitors' 2 of 4.

''I think we sent a big message today,'' senior Rex Pflueger said of ND's bounce back from Tuesday's season-opening 76-65 loss at No. 9 North Carolina. ''It was a tough game down there. We had a real shot to win, but the maturity to come to practice the next day and get after it, get after each other, and to come into today and play the way we did, I think it sends a good message.''

BIG PICTURE

Robert Morris: The Colonials, who appeared to offer little in the way of defensive resistance, will need to get accustomed to trying to solve opposing offenses on the road. Nine of their first 11 games are away from home.

Notre Dame: Returning nearly their entire team from a season ago, the Irish have a chance to continue building momentum before they get into the thick of their Atlantic Coast Conference schedule. Just two of their first 15 games are against currently ranked clubs and one of those already took place with the loss at Carolina.

BENCH POTENCY

Goodwin's 18 in just 18 minutes were part of 42 points that the Irish bench contributed. Carmody's 13 points also came in a reserve role.

''We didn't have any drop-off,'' said Brey, who indicated that he'll likely remain comfortable with a rotation of nine players.

Goodwin finished 6 of 8 from the field and 5 of 5 at the line, while Carmody was 4 of 6 and 5 of 6. Nate Laszewski chipped in nine points and eight rebounds over 15 minutes off the bench.

All three are sophomores.

HUBB HEATING

Hubb's 5-of-8 shooting included 3 of 6 outside the arc, and it followed the sophomore guard's career-high 22 points at Carolina.

Hubb is 13 of 25 from the field overall and 8 of 15 on 3-pointers over two games after struggling mightily during his freshman season at just 35% overall and 26% on triples.

''He's a big-time threat,'' Brey said. ''He's really quarterbacking us now, running stuff, and now our (other) passers find him. I love that he's stepping up and taking it. He was streaky last year, but throughout his life, he's been able to make open shots, so I just want him confidently pulling up.''

UP NEXT

Robert Morris: The Colonials host neighboring nemesis Pittsburgh on Tuesday in their only home contest among their first seven games. RMU has never beaten the Panthers over 30 meetings, the last coming in November 2011.

Notre Dame: The Irish play the second of six straight home games when Howard visits Tuesday. Notre Dame has never faced the Bison.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 3 Charles Bain made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dante Treacy 19.0
  Defensive rebound by Jon Williams 27.0
  Elijah Morgan missed 3-pt. jump shot 29.0
+ 3 Josh Williams made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Charles Bain 50.0
+ 1 Elijah Morgan made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:04
+ 1 Elijah Morgan made 1st of 2 free throws 1:04
  Personal foul on Jon Williams 1:04
+ 3 Josh Williams made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jon Williams 1:25
+ 3 Nate Laszewski made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Nikola Djogo 1:47
  Defensive rebound by Nate Laszewski 1:47
  DJ Russell missed layup 1:47
Team Stats
Points 57 92
Field Goals 21-62 (33.9%) 31-54 (57.4%)
3-Pointers 11-30 (36.7%) 8-22 (36.4%)
Free Throws 4-8 (50.0%) 22-25 (88.0%)
Total Rebounds 28 41
Offensive 7 5
Defensive 20 34
Team 1 2
Assists 12 18
Steals 6 5
Blocks 1 5
Turnovers 14 11
Fouls 21 12
Technicals 0 0
21 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST
18 PTS, 3 REB
12T
away team logo Robert Morris 0-2 203757
home team logo Notre Dame 1-1 395392
Team Stats
away team logo Robert Morris 0-2 63.0 PPG 36.2 RPG 15.0 APG
home team logo Notre Dame 1-1 74.6 PPG 44 RPG 16.6 APG
Key Players
0
Jo. Williams G 12.6 PPG 3.6 RPG 3.2 APG 34.4 FG%
23
D. Goodwin G 9.0 PPG 3.0 RPG 1.4 APG 50.0 FG%
Top Scorers
Jo. Williams G 21 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
D. Goodwin G 18 PTS 3 REB 0 AST
33.9 FG% 57.4
36.7 3PT FG% 36.4
50.0 FT% 88.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Jo. Williams 21 5 2 7/18 6/16 1/2 3 33 0 0 1 1 4
Jo. Williams 9 3 1 3/9 3/4 0/0 2 29 1 0 3 1 2
Y. Mendy 8 3 0 4/7 0/0 0/0 1 23 1 0 0 1 2
D. Treacy 3 1 6 1/4 1/2 0/0 3 190 0 0 3 0 1
A. Bramah 2 4 0 1/5 0/0 0/0 3 16 1 0 3 2 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Jo. Williams 21 5 2 7/18 6/16 1/2 3 33 0 0 1 1 4
Jo. Williams 9 3 1 3/9 3/4 0/0 2 29 1 0 3 1 2
Y. Mendy 8 3 0 4/7 0/0 0/0 1 23 1 0 0 1 2
D. Treacy 3 1 6 1/4 1/2 0/0 3 190 0 0 3 0 1
A. Bramah 2 4 0 1/5 0/0 0/0 3 16 1 0 3 2 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Hawkins 8 5 0 3/7 0/2 2/4 2 16 2 1 2 0 5
C. Bain 6 1 1 2/9 1/6 1/2 1 24 0 0 1 0 1
S. McEwen 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 5 6 1 0 1 0 0
T. Brown 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
D. Russell 0 5 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 1 17 0 0 0 2 3
C. Wilbon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. Ngonadi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Washington - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 57 27 12 21/62 11/30 4/8 21 359 6 1 14 7 20
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Gibbs 15 3 5 4/8 3/5 4/4 1 29 0 0 2 0 3
P. Hubb 13 3 4 5/8 3/6 0/0 1 29 1 0 3 1 2
J. Mooney 10 10 2 5/10 0/2 0/0 1 22 2 0 1 2 8
J. Durham 8 5 1 3/3 0/0 2/2 0 18 1 3 3 0 5
R. Pflueger 4 2 3 1/3 0/1 2/2 1 16 1 0 1 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Gibbs 15 3 5 4/8 3/5 4/4 1 29 0 0 2 0 3
P. Hubb 13 3 4 5/8 3/6 0/0 1 29 1 0 3 1 2
J. Mooney 10 10 2 5/10 0/2 0/0 1 22 2 0 1 2 8
J. Durham 8 5 1 3/3 0/0 2/2 0 18 1 3 3 0 5
R. Pflueger 4 2 3 1/3 0/1 2/2 1 16 1 0 1 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Goodwin 18 3 0 6/8 1/2 5/5 0 18 0 0 0 0 3
R. Carmody 13 2 0 4/6 0/1 5/6 3 22 0 1 1 1 1
N. Laszewski 9 8 0 3/5 1/2 2/2 1 20 0 0 0 1 7
E. Morgan 2 0 0 0/1 0/1 2/2 1 4 0 0 0 0 0
N. Djogo 0 1 3 0/2 0/2 0/0 2 16 0 1 0 0 1
C. Doherty 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/2 1 6 0 0 0 0 2
C. Ryan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 92 39 18 31/54 8/22 22/25 12 200 5 5 11 5 34