SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Juwan Durham came off the bench to provide a first-half spark on way to his first double-double and Notre Dame survived early poor shooting to put away Binghamton 69-56 on Tuesday night.
Durham, a 6-foot-11 transfer from Connecticut, had 16 points and 12 rebounds with four blocks in 20 minutes, while starter John Mooney had his sixth double-double - 12 points and 12 rebounds - of the season.
T.J. Gibbs also scored 16 points to help the Irish (8-3), who were playing their first game after losing senior tri-captain Rex Pflueger with a season-ending ACL injury in an 88-80 victory over Purdue last Saturday.
Sam Sessoms led the Bearcats (3-9), who lost their fourth straight game, with 25 points.
The Irish survived the Bearcats' 7-0 start and their own 26-percent shooting (8 of 31) to take a 25-21 halftime lead.
Freshman Dane Goodwin started in place of Pflueger and had five of the starting lineup's 11 points. But the Irish stayed close and eventually took the lead because the Bearcats endured scoring droughts of 3:53, 3:01 and finally the final 3:16. Goodwin finished with eight points.
Mooney hit one of two free throws to give the Irish their first led, 16-15, with 7:28 remaining, and the teams exchanged the lead seven times before Notre Dame closed with a 5-0 run, with Durham scoring four of his six team-leading first-half points. Durham and Mooney each had six rebounds as the Irish had a 24-15 edge on the boards and Durham had two blocks.
The Irish found their shooting eyes in the locker room and began the second half on a 16-4 run in the first 6:58 thanks to 7-of-11 shooting.
Binghamton: The Bearcats, picked to finish sixth in the nine-team America East, started a three-game road swing nice enough, taking a 7-0 lead in the first 3:32. But they made only seven of their last 19 shots, committed 10 personals and had eight turnovers in the first 20 minutes. A 1-for-7 shooting start in the second half was too much to overcome.
Notre Dame: Fighting Irish are down to eight scholarship players after season-ending injuries to Pflueger, freshman guard Robby Carmody (torn labrum in left shoulder that will require surgery) and senior forward Elijah Burns (left team in November, received degree in December and is seeking NCAA waiver to play immediately for Siena).
Binghamton: Bearcats visit Barclays Center to play LIU Brooklyn Saturday.
Notre Dame: Fighting Irish play host to Jacksonville Thursday.
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12/18/2018 9:14:55 PM (GMT -5:00)