Irish Hoops Win Second Straight Blowout

For the second straight game in Emerald Hoops Classic, the Notre Dame basketball team had six players score in double-figures and broke the century, but more importantly won its second game by a healthy margin. The Fighting Irish defeated the Irish All-Stars 123-77 at Antrim Forum in Belfast on Sunday.

And for the second straight outing, Notre Dame pleased its head coach Mike Brey.

"Once again, I was pleased with the unselfishness of our basketball team," Mike Brey said. "We're playing like and experienced group who has played a lot of basketball together. Our willingness to distribute the basketball and make the extra pass continues to be one of the great strengths of our team."

Zach Hillesland and Luke Harangody led Notre Dame with 19 points each while Kyle McAlarney added 18 on six three-pointers. Luke Zeller scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds off the bench while Carleton Scott also had 15 points to go with five boards. Tory Jackson rounded out Notre Dame's double0-digit scorers with 12.

Ireland's Kevin Foley led all scorers with 26 points.

The Fighting Irish led by just six, 25-19, at the end of the first quarter and were up 50-36 at the break before scoring 41 points in the third to take a 91-61 lead.

Harangody had 13 points at halftime while McAlarney knocked down four of his trifectas before intermission. For the game, the Fighting Irish shot 56.5 percent from the floor and knocked down 14 of 29 three-pointers. Notre Dame did struggle at the stripe though, converting just 11 of 21 free throw attempts.

Notre Dame will play again in Belfast on Monday when the Fighting Irish take on Poland.

"We looking forward to challenge (Monday) night against Poland," Brey said. "They are an experienced and older group of players who are going to pose a great test for us." Top Stories