Notre Dame uses long-range shooting to beat UCLA 75-61

Notre Dame uses long-range shooting to beat UCLA 75-61
Notre Dame's Prentiss Hubb (3) passes around UCLA's Jalen Hill (24) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Prentiss Hubb scored 20 points and dealt six assists, and fellow sophomore guard Dane Goodwin added 16 points as Notre Dame carved up UCLA from 3-point range in a 75-61 victory Saturday afternoon.

The Fighting Irish (8-3) drained 15 of 39 shots outside the arc for 38.5%, including 13 of their first 32 while building a 53-35 lead by the 13-minute mark of the second half.

T.J. Gibbs scored 15 points for Notre Dame, while John Mooney netted 14 to go with 15 rebounds.

The Bruins (7-4) placed just one player in double digits, that being junior Chris Smith with eight of his 10 in the second half. Redshirt freshman Shareef O’Neal, the son of Shaquille O’Neal, added a team-high 11 rebounds and eight points in just 17 minutes off the bench.

A Gibbs 3-pointer gave Notre Dame the lead for good at 8-5 four minutes into the game.

UCLA trailed by double digits for all of the final 19 minutes.

It was the 50th all-time meeting between the teams whose historic intersectional rivalry, now staged just occasionally, was often the toast of college basketball in the 1970s.

BIG PICTURE

UCLA: In the only true road game of their pre-conference season, the Bruins again fell flat away from home, not boding well for when they get into Pac-12 play. UCLA is just 1-3 outside Pauley Pavilion, all three losses coming by double digits and two of those to unranked clubs.

Notre Dame: The Irish continued to bounce back from losing gritty guard Robby Carmody to a season-ending knee injury on Dec. 4. Two of Notre Dame’s three losses this season have been on the road against top-10 teams, but the team is also just 0-2 in Atlantic Coast Conference play as the ACC-exclusive part of its season nears.

UP NEXT

UCLA: The Bruins go a week between games before meeting No. 17 North Carolina next Saturday at the CBS Sports Classic in Las Vegas.

Notre Dame: The Irish also have a week to prepare for their next game, facing Indiana next Saturday at the Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis

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