NOTRE DAME, Ind. Colin Falls scored a game-high 24 points and Russell Carter chipped in 12 points to help lead No. 20 Notre Dame past Army, 88-47, Thursday evening in front of 8,309 spectators at the Joyce Center. Notre Dame extended its win streak to nine straight, improving to 10-1 on the season. Army had its six-game win streak snapped, falling to 9-3 on the year.
Leading just 7-6 four minutes into the game, Notre Dame reeled off an 8-0 run to take a 15-6 edge. The brief scoring spurt was part of a larger 37-12 run that gave the Irish a 44-18 lead at the 2:25 mark. Notre Dame maintained a 20-point cushion throughout the remainder of the period, taking a 46-20 advantage into halftime.
Falls scored 12 of Notre Dame’s first 15 points, and finished the half with 18 markers. The senior hit all seven of his field goal attempts, including four triples.
Notre Dame outscored Army, 42-27 in the second half en route to the victory. The Fighting Irish outrebounded the Black Knights, 45-22, in the game
Matt Bell led Army with 15 points, connecting on 4-of-6 shots from the floor and 5-of-6 attempts from the free throw line. Freshman forward Eric Zastoupil added a career-high eight points off the bench.
Army falls to 0-8 all-time against Notre Dame.
Army returns to action one week from tonight (Dec. 28), when the Black Knights travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to battle the University of Michigan Wolverines. The game, which will be televised in select markets on ESPN-Plus and will also be included on the ESPN Full Court pay-per-view package, is slated to tip off at 8 p.m.