SOUTH BEND (AP) — Steve Vasturia scored a career-high 19 points and Zach Auguste had 19 points and eight rebounds Tuesday to lead No. 25 Notre Dame to a 93-67 win over Mount St. Mary’s.
Vasturia was perfect on the night, hitting 7-of-7 from the floor, including three 3-pointers, and both his free throws. Jerian Grant, Notre Dame’s leading scorer, hit his average of 19 points.
Back in the Top 25 for the first time in over the year, the Irish (9-1) used a 30-4 first half run to turn a four-point contest into a blowout before halftime.
Chris Martin hit 5-of-9 3-pointers and finished with 19 points for the Mountaineers (2-5).
Notre Dame, the national leader in field goal percentage, shot 59 percent from the field (36-of-61).
Not much would go down in the second half for Mount St. Mary’s, which missed two tip-ins and followed with a failed dunk attempt by Byron Ashe on consecutive trips down the floor as the Mountaineers hit just 2 of 12 from the floor to open the second half. Notre Dame’s lead ballooned to 34 points in that stretch after a Vasturia 3-pointer and Grant’s pull up jumper.
The Irish started the game 5-of-5 and had an 11-point lead less than three minutes in.
After a Martin 3-pointer cut that lead to 22-18 with 11:29 left in the half, the Irish roll began. Grant knocked down a long jumper and Vasturia hit consecutive 3-pointers to spark Notre Dame’s big run over the next 10 minutes, effectively ending any thought of an upset by the Mountaineers.
Notre Dame: This was Notre Dame’s third game in seven days. After Saturday at home against Florida State, the Irish will have played 11 games in 30 days.
Mount St. Mary’s: The Mountaineers’ “Mayhem” style of play has resulted in school records for 3-pointers made and attempted the last two years. They finished 13 of 35 on 3-point attempts against the Irish.
Notre Dame hosts Florida State on Saturday.
Mount St. Mary’s returns home to face Norfolk State on Saturday.
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