Gibbs and Mooney lead Notre Dame to a victory against visiting Miami

The Hurricanes never got closer than 14 points in the second half

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T.J. Gibbs

Notre Dame’s Temple ‘T.J.’ Gibbs (10) goes up to shoot in front of Miami’s Kameron McGusty (23) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, in South Bend, Ind.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — T.J. Gibbs scored 19 points and made 5-of-6 three-pointers, John Mooney notched his nation-leading 22nd double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds, and hot-shooting Notre Dame rolled to an 87-71 victory Sunday over Miami.

Prentiss Hubb added 15 points and 10 assists as the Fighting Irish (17-10, 8-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) won for the sixth time in eight games.

DJ Vasiljevic, Isaiah Wong and Harlond Beverly each scored 12 points for the Hurricanes (14-13, 6-11), who saw their three-game win streak snapped.

Notre Dame converted 14 of 31 from three-point range, including 10 of 18 in the first half while building a 48-29 lead.

Miami never got closer than 14 points in the second half, that being at 58-44 with 13:39 to go, before the Irish surged to a commanding 80-54 advantage at 6:24 remaining.

BIG PICTURE

Miami: Barring an automatic NCAA Tournament berth by winning the ACC Tourney, the Hurricanes are scrambling for even an NIT bid. They don’t have to finish over .500 by rule, but achieving that optic would help as they head into their final three regular-season games — all against teams above them in the standings.

Notre Dame: The Irish continued to make a late push toward NCAA Tournament at-large consideration. If they can win their four remaining regular-season games, including No. 8 Florida State at home, they’ll head into the ACC Tourney with 21 victories. Working against them is an 0-5 mark so far against ranked teams and no wins against currently over-.500 ACC clubs.

UP NEXT

Miami: The Hurricanes are off until heading to Georgia Tech on Saturday.

Notre Dame: The Irish visit Boston College on Wednesday, looking to avenge a 73-72 home loss to the Eagles in December.

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