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Saturday, February 01, 2020 9:10 pm


Mooney 'Super' as Irish top Tech


SOUTH BEND — Mike Brey refers to Notre Dame's double-double machine John Mooney as “Superman.”

Saturday after the 6-foot-9, 245-pound senior forward's 28 points and 10 rebounds led the Irish to an 80-72 triumph over Georgia Tech, Brey's coaching counterpart Josh Pastner might have been looking for kryptonite.

“I can't wait for him to move on,” Pastner said after the Fighting Irish (13-8, 4-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their second straight home contest and completed a regular-season sweep of the Yellow Jackets (10-12, 4-7).

T.J. Gibbs scored 19 points, Dane Goodwin 14 and Rex Pflueger 13 for the Irish, whose efficiency shooting (47% on 24 of 51, including 9 of 24 on 3-pointers) overcame Tech's 42-32 dominance of the boards, including 20 on the offensive end.

“I thought our offensive efficiency has been good; it hasn't always come out with wins,” Brey said. “The last two we're scoring, we're confident and getting to the foul line. All three of them (Mooney, Gibbs and Pflueger) set the tone for us in a very important game."

BALL STATE 65, OHIO 54: In Muncie, Tahjai Teague sank 10-of-13 shots for 24 points as the Cardinals never trailed. Jarron Coleman added 10 points and nine rebounds for Ball State (12-9, 5-3 MAC), which also saw Carroll graduate Kyle Mallers contribute 10 points.

SAINT FRANCIS 84, GOSHEN 76: At the Hutzell Center, balance ruled the day as the Cougars’ five double-digit scorers outlasted a 41-point outburst from Maple Leaf guard and Homestead graduate Tahj Curry. Conlan Martin and Tyler Smith each scored 15 off the bench for USF (18-6, 7-5 Crossroads League), which has topped Goshen (4-20, 0-12) seven straight times.

HUNTINGTON 74, GRACE 69: At the Platt Center, the Foresters stunned the 18th-ranked Lancers. Huntington (11-13, 3-9 CL) won for just the second time in nine tries, while Grace (15-9, 7-5) fell into a three-way tie for third in the Crossroads League standings with No. 21 Saint Francis and No. 11 Bethel.

TRINE 90, KALAMAZOO 77: In Kalamazoo, Mich., the Thunder stopped their two-game skid thanks to 24 points and six assists from Langston Johnson and a 20-point, eight-rebound effort from Maurice Hunter. Trine (12-7, 6-2 MIAA) claimed a contest featuring 17 lead changes.

MANCHESTER 61, HANOVER 51: In North Manchester, the Spartans limited the Panthers to a 3-of-21 day from three-point range in defeating Hanover for the first time since 2015. Jalen Owens, Abdul Ogunnaike and Matthew Westman each scored 11, tops for Manchester (7-12, 5-7 HCAC).


BALL STATE 68, WESTERN MICHIGAN 65: In Muncie, the Cardinals improved to 5-0 at home in MAC play as Jasmin Samz scored 16 of her 19 points in the first half. Oshlynn Brown added a 14-point, nine-rebound performance for Ball State (14-7, 6-3 MAC).

SAINT FRANCIS 65, GOSHEN 41: At the Hutzell Center, the No. 11 Cougars won their seventh straight in Crossroads League play as Kara Gerka scored nine points to move into fourth place on the career scoring list for USF (19-4, 10-2 CL). South Side product TaNiece Chapman led Goshen (8-16, 1-11) with 13 points.

HUNTINGTON 90, GRACE 74: At the Platt Center, the Foresters led by just four at halftime before scoring 27 third-quarter points to pull away. Sarah Fryman dropped 28 and Erin Mohr added 21 for Huntington (17-7, 6-6 CL), while Kyannah Stull tied a career high with 27 for Grace (15-9, 6-6).

TRINE 71, OLIVET 39: In Olivet, Mich., the Thunder stretched their current streak to eight games. Stout defense by Trine (16-4, 10-1 MIAA) limited the Comets to a 25 percent shooting performance and forced 28 turnovers, turning those into 29 points.

HANOVER 80, MANCHESTER 64: In North Manchester, the Panthers won despite a career-high 24 points from Spartans sophomore and Carroll grad Macy Miller. Manchester (8-11, 5-7 HCAC) led 37-36 at the break.

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