COPP Coppin State Eagles 56
Coppin State Eagles Coppin State Overall (0-15)
ATS (0-0)
O/U (0-0)
December 29 2018
ND Notre Dame Fighting Irish 63
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Notre Dame Overall (10-3)
ATS (5-3)
O/U (5-3)
Money Line Total: Spread ATS
Coppin State Eagles OFF OFF OFF
Notre Dame Fighting Irish OFF OFF OFF
Money Line Total: Spread ATS

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Faced with a nine-point deficit with 9:53 left Saturday against winless Coppin State, Notre Dame's T.J. Gibbs knew his team needed a wake-up call — from its defense.

"We knew we had to do it on the defensive end," the 6-foot-3 junior Gibbs said after scoring 15 points to lead three players in double figures as the cold-shooting Irish rallied for a 63-56 victory over the Eagles. "It wasn't about our offense at that point. We know our offense is going to come."

Notre Dame (10-3) survived a 28-percent shooting effort (9 of 32) in the second half by holding Coppin State (0-15) to just two buckets in its last 10 attempts after the visitors from Baltimore took a 47-38 lead. The Irish also forced four of the Eagles' 14 turnovers and finished the game on a 25-9 run.

"I thought T.J. handled the leadership well as we finished the game," Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. Gibbs also had five assists in 33 minutes.

Junior John Mooney added 14 points and eight rebounds and Dane Goodwin had 13 points as Notre Dame concluded their nonconference schedule. Notre Dame opens Atlantic Coast Conference play January 1 at No. 10 Virginia Tech. Junior center Juwan Dunham had six points, 10 rebounds and six blocked shots.

"They made a run to start the second half," Mooney said. "We didn't come out energized or focused in that half. T.J. got us together and said we've got to defend and scrap it out."

Senior forward Cedric Council had 12 points and 17 rebounds for Juan Dixon's Eagles (0-15), who have played the second toughest nonconference schedule of the season. Dejuan Clayton led Coppin State with 15 points.

"We're extremely thrilled with that performance," Dixon said. "We just came up a little short. I thought we defended really well on both ends of the floor."

Coppin State outshot Notre Dame 36-34 percent for the game and outrebounded the Irish 48-37. But Notre Dame finished with just six turnovers, only one in the final 20 minutes.

Notre Dame broke out to a 25-13 lead on Mooney's slam with 7:41 to play before Dixon called the second of his three timeouts in the first half. Whatever he said got through as the Eagles, who led briefly early, closed on a 14-4 run and trailed just 29-27 at halftime.

Notre Dame, which had the lead for 18:10, finished the first half hitting just one field goal — Gibbs' close-in jumper with 35 seconds remaining — in six attempts and committed four turnovers.

Durham had his fifth block in the first minute of the second half. But the Eagles started with a 7-2 run with Lamar Morgan and Clayton hitting 3-pointers to take a 34-31 into the media break at 15:41 as the Irish made just one of eight shots.

Goodwin's 3-pointer tied it when play resumed, but the Eagles used a 6-0 run in 1:09 to grab a 42-36 lead when Brey called timeout at 12:53. Clayton gave Coppin State a 44-36 lead after play resumed. Council's 3-pointer with 9:53 put Coppin State up 47-38 and the Irish seemed to be in trouble.

But Notre Dame responded with a 21-4 run in 5:06 that included a flagrant foul by Justin Steers as Mooney tried to dunk. Mooney scored seven in the Irish run, including a 3-pointer, as Notre Dame went up 59-51 with 4:47 left.


Coppin State: The Eagles have not played at their Baltimore home since December 9, when they lost 64-55 to Tennessee State. Saturday's game was their fourth straight on the road and followed a 75-44 loss at No. 22 Houston December 23. Dixon, who led Maryland to the 2002 NCAA title, had one player in double figures — senior Lamar Morgan averaged 10 points coming into the contest and finished with eight. Coppin State was ranked 352 out of 353 Division I teams in the NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) that will be used by NCAA to seed the tournament.

"We played very good defense and were aggressive," Council said. "I think we can build off this."

Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish, No. 54 in the NET rankings, finish their season with 18 straight Atlantic Coast Conference contests. They played Saturday without two players with season-ending injuries - senior tri-captain Rex Pflueger (torn knee ligament) and freshman Robby Carmody (torn labrum). With December graduate Elijah Burns taking his eligibility to Siena, Brey had 10 players dressed to play, although freshman Chris Doherty is expected to be redshirted.

"Every game matters in the ACC," Gibbs said. "We have to go out and have our best game every game. We can't have mental lapses like we did today. Today we definitely learned a lesson that we really need going into the ACC."


Mooney knows the Irish will need to shoot better against their ACC competition. He and Gibbs were a combined 4-of-30 in the game.

"Nonconference is over," Mooney said. "For the most part, I think we're getting better and we'll only get better as we continue to play in the ACC. We're a confident group and ready for the challenge."

The Irish got 21 points from their freshmen — Goodwin (13), Nate Laszewski (6) and starting point guard Prentiss Hubb (2). Goodwin hit 4-of-7 shots, including 2-of-4 from 3-point territory, while finishing with nine second-half points.


Coppin State: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opener against visiting Savannah State next Saturday.

Notre Dame: ACC opener at No. 10 Virginia Tech Tuesday.


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Coppin State Overall
W/L 0-15
ATS 0-0
Pts For 57.1
Pts Against 80.5
Total 0-0
Coppin State Away
W/L 0-13
ATS 0-0
Pts For 57.0
Pts Against 82.5
Total 0-0
Last 10 Games
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
11:00 AM
at Notre Dame L 63-56
3:00 PM
at Houston L 75-44
7:00 PM
at Louisiana-Monroe L 80-63
6:00 PM
at UNC Greensboro L 77-54
2:00 PM
Tennessee State L 64-55
6:00 PM
at Richmond L 82-47
6:00 PM
UMBC L 71-60
6:00 PM
at James Madison L 81-71
2:30 PM
at Charleston Southern L 93-67
6:00 PM
at Wofford L 99-65
Avg. Points For 58.2
Avg. Points Against 78.5
ATS 0-0
Over/Under 0-0
Notre Dame Overall
W/L 10-3
ATS 5-3
Pts For 77.4
Pts Against 67.1
Total 5-3
Notre Dame Home
W/L 10-2
ATS 4-3
Pts For 78.7
Pts Against 67.3
Total 5-2
Last 10 Games
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
11:00 AM
Coppin State W 63-56
6:00 PM
Jacksonville W 100-74
6:00 PM
Binghamton W 69-56
12:30 PM
Purdue W 88-80 W (5) O (145)
9:30 PM
at UCLA L 65-62 W (4.5) U (154)
6:00 PM
Oklahoma L 85-80 L (-2) O (141.5)
6:00 PM
Illinois W 76-74 L (-6) O (149)
11:00 AM
DePaul W 95-70 W (-4.5) O (136)
6:00 PM
Duquesne W 67-56 W (-8.5) U (142)
11:00 AM
William & Mary W 73-64 L (-12) U (151)
Avg. Points For 77.3
Avg. Points Against 68.0
ATS 4-3
Over/Under 4-3
Coppin State
NameMinFG3 PTFTOff RebRebAstStlBlkTOFouls+/-PTS
Dejuan Clayton (G) 29:006-12 50%3-7 42.9%0-0 0%0430021015
Cedric Council Jr. (F) 32:004-9 44.4%1-2 50%3-6 50%41700010012
Lamar Morgan (G-F) 34:003-12 25%2-9 22.2%0-0 0%141000308
Chad Andrews-Fulton (F) 29:003-7 42.9%0-2 0%0-0 0%240104406
Kent Auslander (G-F) 14:001-3 33.3%0-1 0%3-3 100%011002205
Justin Steers (G-F) 12:002-6 33.3%0-1 0%0-0 0%350130304
Taqwain Drummond (G) 19:001-3 33.3%0-1 0%0-0 0%150001402
Brendan Medley-Bacon (C) 7:001-5 20%0-0 0%0-0 0%461001002
Nigel Marshall (G-F) 6:001-3 33.3%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000002
Ibn Williams (G) 18:000-1 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%012001000
Lucian Brownlee (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Jordan Hardwick (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Giir Ring (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Notre Dame
NameMinFG3 PTFTOff RebRebAstStlBlkTOFouls+/-PTS
T.J. Gibbs (G) 33:004-16 25%3-7 42.9%4-4 100%0151000015
John Mooney (F) 29:004-14 28.6%2-9 22.2%4-4 100%0832010014
Dane Goodwin (G-F) 34:004-7 57.1%2-4 50%3-6 50%3610001013
D.J. Harvey (G-F) 21:002-6 33.3%0-3 0%3-4 75%020022107
Juwan Durham (F) 27:003-6 50%0-0 0%0-1 0%4101161106
Nate Laszewski (F) 18:002-2 100%2-2 100%0-0 0%120000406
Prentiss Hubb (G) 31:001-7 14.3%0-4 0%0-0 0%232201102
Nikola Djogo (G) 7:000-1 0%0-1 0%0-0 0%011000000
Elijah Burns (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Robby Carmody (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Chris Doherty (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Liam Nelligan (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Rex Pflueger (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000