All five starters shot at least 50 percent from the field and finished with double-digit scoring as Notre Dame shot 64 percent as a team en route to an 82-54 manhandling of Boston College (7-8, 0-2) at the Silvio Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill Thursday night.
The Irish (10-4, 1-1) converted 11-of-17 from three-point range while limiting the Eagles (7-8, 0-2) to just 17 field goals on 50 attempts (34.0 percent), including 8-of-25 shooting from three-point range.
Notre Dame overcame an early five-point deficit to out-score Boston College, 33-15. the rest of the first half. The 13-point halftime lead ballooned to 20 less than six minutes into the second half, an advantage that would not dip below 17 points the rest of the way and reached as high as 26 at one point.
Demetrius Jackson led all scorers with 17 points – including 4-of-5 from three-point range -- to go with nine assists. Zach Auguste recorded his ninth double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Bonzie Colson made his first four and last four shots to finish 8-of-9 from the field for 16 points. V.J. Beachem made 3-of-6 three-pointers and finished with 10 points. Steve Vasturia tossed in 12 points and had six assists. Matt Ryan came off the bench to connect on 3-of-4 three-pointers.
Notre Dame evened its ACC record at 1-1 after losing its conference opener to Virginia in decisive fashion, 77-66, on Jan. 2.
Notre Dame’s 15-5 run to start the second half buried the freshman-heavy Boston College squad, which was out-rebounded, 32-21, while turning over the basketball 15 times. The Irish also were sloppy with the basketball at times, coughing it up 14 times, including four by Auguste.
A steal and jam by Auguste made it a 44-26 game at the 16:40 mark of the second half. Back-to-back three-pointers by Jackson and Ryan within a 37-second span made it a 52-29 Irish advantage.
Dennis Clifford led the Eagles with 13 points and five rebounds. Eli Carter, a Rutgers transfer, also tossed in 13 points on 3-of-8 shooting from three-point range. Matt Milon came off the bench to connect on three three-pointers.
Boston College made all 12 of its free-throw attempts.
Boston College took a 9-4 lead less than five minutes into the game, but a 12-0 Irish run – sparked by a three-pointer off the bench by Ryan – gave the Irish a 16-9 lead.
Notre Dame would go on another 9-0 run, with another Ryan three-pointer mixed in, to give the Irish their largest lead of the half, 25-13, before Beachem’s three-pointer with 11.2 seconds put the Irish on top at the break, 37-24.
Notre Dame shot 62.5 percent (15-of-24) from the field in the first half, including 5-of-9 from three-point range. Boston College converted just 8-of-26 from the field (30.8 percent) in the first half while missing nine of 11 three-pointers.
It was a much stronger effort on the defensive end of the court by the Irish after allowing Virginia to convert 57.1 percent of its shots, including 24-of-38 (63.1 percent) of its two-point attempts.