Notre Dame ends skid with 88-80 victory over Boilermakers

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - John Mooney scored 21 points and D.J. Harvey added 19 to lead Notre Dame past Purdue 88-80 Saturday in the Crossroads Classic.

The Fighting Irish (7-3) ended a two-game losing streak.

Purdue (6-5, 1-1 Big Ten) has lost two straight, four of five and had a nine-game winning streak against in-state schools, which dated to February 2016, end. Carsen Edwards paced the Boilermakers with 27 points. Ryan Cline added 15.

Notre Dame's victory may have come at a high price, though.

One day after the school announced freshman guard Robby Carmody needed season-ending surgery for a torn labrum, starting guard Rex Pflueger was carried off the court and straight into the locker room with 5:36 to play. He watched the end of the game from the bench with his left knee packed in ice.

But even without Pflueger for the final flurry, the Irish never let Purdue make a serious challenge.

They opened the game by making 11 of their first 14 shots and eventually used a 12-2 spurt to take a 30-18 lead with 8:14 to go in the first half.

The Boilermakers closed the half on a 7-2 run, cutting the deficit to 36-29, and got as close as 42-38 with 16:01 left in the game.

Notre Dame answered with a putback and Harvey's 3-pointer rebuilt a nine-point cushion and the Boilermakers didn't get closer than five the rest of the game.

BIG PICTURE

Notre Dame: The Irish completed a brutal nonconference stretch by going 3-2 against five straight power-conference teams. Things should get a little easier before heading into ACC play, and if they can overcome the injuries Notre Dame could emerge as a stronger team.

Purdue: The Boilermakers have struggled to find a consistent complementary scorer for Edwards and it looks like they will continue to struggle until they do.

STAT PACK

Notre Dame: Notre Dame won its first game in the Classic in three years. ... T.J. Gibbs scored 12 points while Pflueger had seven points and 10 assists and Dane Goodwin added 11 points. ... Mooney also had seven rebounds. ... The Irish shot 52 percent from the field and were 11 of 21 on 3s.

Purdue: The Boilermakers are 0-3 against ACC schools with previous losses against Virginia Tech and Florida State. ... A six-day break didn't help the Boilermakers solve their shooting woes. After going 9 of 32 in last Sunday's loss at Texas, they were 9 of 29 on 3s against Notre Dame. ... Trevion Williams scored 10 points and was the only other player to reach double figures. ... Purdue had a 40-30 rebounding advantage, including 15-2 on offensive rebounds.

UP NEXT

Notre Dame: Welcomes Binghamton Tuesday for its first home game since Nov. 24.

Purdue: Hosts Mid-American Conference foe Ohio on Thursday.

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