Dane Goodwin scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds, and Notre Dame held on for an 83-73 win over visiting Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday afternoon in South Bend, Ind.
Blake Wesley scored 15 points and dished out a team-high nine assists for Notre Dame (6-5), which has won back-to-back games. Paul Atkinson Jr. and Cormac Ryan added 14 points apiece.
Trevian Tennyson led Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with 18 points. Isaac Mushila had 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds, while Terrion Murdix and San Antonio Brinson scored 12 points apiece off the bench for the Islanders (10-3).
Both teams shot better from 3-point range than they did overall. Notre Dame shot 55.2 percent (16 of 29) from beyond the arc, and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi shot 47.1 percent (8 of 17) from long distance.
Corpus Christi applied pressure to the Fighting Irish by cutting the deficit to 67-65 with 6:45 remaining. Ryan committed a turnover for Notre Dame, and Mushila capitalized with a layup for the Islanders on the opposite end of the court.
The Fighting Irish bounced back with an 8-0 run to go ahead 75-65 with 5:04 to go. Ryan made two 3-pointers during the run, and Goodwin made two free throws.
Notre Dame led 42-37 at the half.
The Islanders jumped to a 12-5 lead in the first five minutes. Mushila made two 3-pointers and a free throw during the early run, and Tennyson added a 3-pointer.
Corpus Christi increased its lead to 19-10 with 11:36 remaining in the first half on a layup by Stephen Faramade.
The Irish outscored the Islanders 32-18 to end the half. That included an 8-0 run featuring back-to-back 3-pointers by Prentiss Hubb and Goodwin, plus two free throws by Atkinson.
Notre Dame improved to 5-0 at home, while the Islanders dropped to 3-3 on the road.
Both teams will have extended breaks before their next game. Notre Dame will visit Pitt next Tuesday, and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will host Division III Sul Ross State on Dec. 31.
–Field Level Media
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