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Men's Basketball Rolls Past Sacred Heart, 104-58
Troy Murphy had 31 points and 14 rebounds and Ryan Humphrey added 19 points as Notre Dame beat Sacred Heart 104-58 in coach Mike Brey's debut with the Irish.
 
Troy Murphy had 31 points and 14 rebounds and Ryan Humphrey added 19 points as Notre Dame beat Sacred Heart 104-58 in coach Mike Brey's debut with the Irish.

Nov. 18, 2000

Box Score

By TOM COYNE
Associated Press Writer

NOTRE DAME, Ind. (AP) - The victory over Sacred Heart lacked the suspense of last season's opener, but Notre Dame's 104-58 win Saturday night was just as exciting for the Irish.

Notre Dame knocked off then-No. 4 Ohio State in last season's opener. This season's first game lacked a ranked opponent, but not story lines.

Mike Brey earned his 100th coaching victory in his Notre Dame debut and Martin Ingelsby re-emerged as the starting point guard for the Irish.

"Last year a lot of people thought we got lucky," said Troy Murphy, who had 31 points and 14 rebounds. "This was more exciting than it was last year because the crowd was into it. It was a fun time playing out there."

Ryan Humphrey, a transfer from Oklahoma, added 19 points in his Notre Dame debut.

"It felt great. This was a long time coming," said Humphrey, who had nine rebounds. Humphrey scored nine of his points in the opening five minutes of the second half as the Irish opened a 72-37 lead.

Ingelsby, the starting point guard for two years who was demoted to the bench last season, flourished in his starting role.

Ingelsby made all five of his 3-pointers in the first half, and the Irish made 9-of-12 3-pointers in the same span and opened a 24-point halftime lead. The only other shot Ingelsby attempted was a failed free throw.

"It was great to get back on the floor and play a lot of minutes and try to contribute," said Ingelsby, who finished with 15 points and six assists. "It was a big confidence boost."

The 104 points is the most for the Irish since they beat Sienna 107-96 in the second game last season, and the first-time they broke 100 points in a season-opener since beating St. Joseph's of Indiana 104-56 in 1983.

 

 

The largest loss by the Pioneers (0-1) last season was 43 points against Wagner.

Matt Carroll added 17 points, six assists and five rebounds for the Irish.

Sacred Heart, a Fairfield, Conn., school entering its second season in Division I, was led by Andrew Hunter's 15 points. Kurt Reis added 14 points and Marijus Kovaliukas added 10 points and seven rebounds.

The Irish shot 57.1 percent against the Pioneers while holding Sacred Heart to 28.8 percent.

"We were one of the worst defensive teams in the country last season, and I doubt anyone in this area of the country thinks we're any better," coach Dave Bike said. "We thought we were."

The Irish took control midway through the first half. Leading 25-20, the Irish went on an 18-4 run. Ingelsby capped the spurt with his fifth 3-pointer as the Irish opened a 43-24 lead.

The Irish extended the lead to 47-33 at halftime, shooting 65.5 percent while the Pioneers shot 32.1 percent.

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November 1
7:00 PM
Mercy
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 7
7:00 PM
Catholic
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 12
12:00 PM
Bryant University
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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November 16
7:00 PM
Seattle University
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 18
TBA
Loyola Maryland
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 21
TBA
Colorado
Brooklyn, N.Y. (Barclays Center)

ESPN 2
November 22
TBA
Texas or Northwestern
Brooklyn, N.Y. (Barclays Center)

ESPN 2/ESPNU
November 26
2:00 PM
Chicago State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 29
9:00 PM
Iowa
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN 2
December 4
TBA
North Carolina A&T
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
December 6
9:00 PM
IPFW
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPNU
December 10
12:00 PM
Villanova
Newark, N.J. (Prudential Center)

CBS
December 17
2:00 PM
Purdue
Indianapolis, Ind. (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)

ESPN 2
December 19
7:00 PM
Colgate
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
December 28
7:00 PM
Saint Peters
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
December 31
TBA
Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pa. (Petersen Events Center)

ACC Network
January 4
9:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network
January 7
3:00 PM
Clemson
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network
January 12
7:00 PM
Miami
Miami, Fla. (BankUnited Center)

ESPN/ESPN 2
January 14
2:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Cassell Coliseum)

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January 18
7:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (Tucker Center)

RSN
January 21
12:00 PM
Syracuse
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN/ESPN 2
January 24
8:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network
January 28
12:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (McCamish Pavillion)

ESPNU
January 30
7:00 PM
Duke
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN
February 4
TBA
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Smith Center)

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February 7
7:00 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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February 11
2:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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February 14
7:00 PM
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Conte Forum)

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February 18
12:00 PM
North Carolina State
Raleigh, N.C. (PNC Arena)

ESPN/ESPN 2
February 26
6:30 PM
Georgia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPNU
March 1
8:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network
March 4
2:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (KFC Yum! Center)

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