UCLA blown out by Notre Dame

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Sports - By AN­THONY AN­DER­SON

Pren­tiss Hubb scored 20 points and dealt six as­sists, and fel­low sopho­more guard Dane Good­win added 16 points as Notre Dame carved up UCLA from 3-point range in a 75-61 vic­tory. The Fight­ing Ir­ish (8-3) drained 15 of 39 shots out­side the arc for 38.5%, in­clud­ing 13 of their first 32 while build­ing a 53-35 lead by the 13-minute mark of the sec­ond half.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — It’s not so much the ca­pa­ble part for Notre Dame from 3-point land, but some­times the will­ing part.

On Satur­day, the Fight­ing Ir­ish showed both parts.

Pren­tiss Hubb scored 20 points, dealt six as­sists and fin­ished 5 of 10 out­side the arc, and fel­low sopho­more guard Dane Good­win added 16 points as Notre Dame de­feated UCLA 75-61.

“We talked about how we can’t turn down the open shots,” Hubb said af­ter the Ir­ish fin­ished 15 of 39 from long range for 38.5%.

“(Team­mate John) Mooney said if you turn down open shots, that’s ba­si­cally be­ing self­ish,” Hubb said, “be­cause we all prac­tice ev­ery day, work on our craft. We know each other and know we can hit open shots, so we just have to take those.”

T.J. Gibbs scored 15 points for the Ir­ish (8-3), drain­ing 4 of 10 on triples, while Mooney net­ted 14 points to go with 15 re­bounds.

The Bru­ins (7-4) placed just one player in dou­ble dig­its, that be­ing ju­nior Chris Smith with eight of his 10 in the sec­ond half. Red­shirt fresh­man Sha­reef O’Neal, the son of Shaquille O’Neal, added a team-high 11 re­bounds and eight points in just 17 min­utes off the bench.

Notre Dame’s Mike Brey, who was coach­ing his 800th col­le­giate game, called the will­ing­ness of his point guard to shoot a key to the win.

“No question, Pren­tiss needs to be ag­gres­sive and hunt his shot,” Brey said. “Some­times I think he gets into quar­ter­back­ing too much, just be­ing a point guard and not (shoot­ing). … We’ve tried to talk to him about that the last cou­ple days, so hope­fully he can build off that.”

The Ir­ish were com­ing off a record-ty­ing 20 3-point­ers in 39 tries dur­ing a blowout win over Detroit Mercy on Tues­day.

“Tues­day was some ther­apy, let’s be hon­est,” Brey said af­ter his team con­tin­ued to re­gain its long-range touch against the Bru­ins.

“We had some bad break­downs,” UCLA coach Mick Cronin said of con­test­ing shots. “We had three or four pos­ses­sions where it’s like, who’s guard­ing the guy, and that’s our youth and in­ex­pe­ri­ence.” Cronin, though, pointed to his team’s of­fense as an even big­ger is­sue.

“Our of­fense got us beat,” he said af­ter the Bru­ins hit just 30% from the field in the first half, 35% for the game and 10 of 20 free throws. “You can’t shoot 30% from the field, 50 from the foul line. We would have to play a high school team to win with those num­bers.”

UCLA big men Cody Ri­ley and Jalen Hill — av­er­ag­ing a com­bined 23 points and shoot­ing a com­bined 57% from the field en­ter­ing the day — fin­ished at a com­bined nine points and 3 of 16 from the field.

“It’s hard to be­lieve,” Cronin said of those num­bers. “They were in a rush. They weren’t on bal­ance.”

BIG PIC­TURE

UCLA: In the only true road game of their pre-con­fer­ence sea­son, the Bru­ins again fell flat away from home, not bod­ing well for when they get into Pac-12 play. UCLA is just 1-3 out­side Pauley Pavilion, all three losses com­ing by dou­ble dig­its and two of those to un­ranked clubs.

As­so­ci­ated Press

DE­FENSE UCLA’s David Sin­gle­ton (34) gets pres­sure from Notre Dame’s Pren­tiss Hubb dur­ing the first half of a game on Satur­day in South Bend, Ind.

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