ND scored only 6 points though 11:46 in the 1st half
by Georgia Hog (2019-02-11 07:46:01)

when Harvey hit a mid-range jumper to get to 8. Through roughly 30% of the game, the Irish were on pace to score only about 20 points for the whole game. Mooney, heretofore our one consistent offensive weapon was 2/7 at the time, and the rest of the team was a combined 1/14. We suffered through a near 8-minute stretch (20% of the game) without a point.

From that point, the Irish scored 63 points in 28:13, or about 84 point per game pace. In the final 28:13, Gibbs scored 20, Harvey scored 16, and Hubb scored 13. Mooney only had 7 more the rest of the way. We shot only 2 FTs in the first half and 23 in the 2nd half. I don't know if that's a product of more aggressive play by the Irish (if so, it wasn't obvious) or by the refs simply calling more fouls (they were pretty stringy with the calls in the 1st half).

What did everybody else see? What it simply that we started to make shots in the 2nd half that we kissed in the 1st? We're we more aggressive penetrating the zone? Were the refs calling it tighter? One thing I noticed is that we really hit the offensive glass. I'm not sure how many second-chance points we had, but we had 20 offensive rebounds for the game (which has to be a record for a Brey-coaches team), and attempted 10 more FGs and 12 more FTs than Tech as a result of a +6 rebounding advantage and 6 fewer turnovers.

Whatever the case, and noting the obvious, this team really needs Gibbs and Harvey to pick up some of the scoring slack so that opposing defenses can't focus on stopping Mooney.


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