Tech beaten by Irish, 69-59
Yellow Jackets shot 40.7 percent but turned the ball over 14 times.
SOUTH BEND, IND. — T. J. Gibbs scored 20 points, D.J. Harvey added 18 and John Mooney had his 15th double-double of the season as Notre Dame beat Georgia Tech 69-59 Sunday night.
Coming off a 62-47 loss at Miami last Wednesday, the Irish (13-11, 3-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) won for only the second time in their last seven. Notre Dame shot just 32.8 percent (21 of 64).
Michael Devoe scored 18 points and Abdoulaye Gueye added 12 for the Yellow Jackets (11-13, 3-8) who lost for the fifth straight time since a 63-61 victory over Notre Dame on Jan. 22 in Atlanta.
Georgia Tech shot 40.7 percent (22 of 54) but turned the ball over 14 times, six more than the Irish, and was outrebounded 45-39.
The first half was one of scoring droughts — one by the Irish of 7:49 between two by the Yellow Jackets of 3:32 and 4:28 — and fittingly ended with Notre Dame’s Nate Laszewski blocking Devoe’s runner at the buzzer that left Georgia Tech with a 25-24 halftime lead.
Jose Alvarado’s 3-pointer, Tech’s only basket in its first five attempts to start the second half, was followed by a 9-0 run by the Irish. Harvey hit a 3-pointer from the corner for a 33-28 lead, forcing a Georgia Tech timeout with 16:41 to play. But a pair of free throws and Kristian Sjolund’s 3-pointer from the corner erased that lead in 52 seconds.
Mooney’s layup with 4:12 to go gave the Irish a 54-44 lead and they cruised from there.