Trent Jr.’s Double-Double Leads No. 4 Duke Past Notre Dame 88-66
DURHAM, N.C. — Gary Trent Jr. had a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds and shot lights out from 3-point range and No. 4 Duke beat Notre Dame 88-66 on Big Monday.
Trent Jr., who tied his season high with his 10 boards, made six 3-pointers on the night, which was half the team’s total from long-range, as the Blue Devils shot 60-percent from beyond the arc.
Grayson Allen bounced back from a poor outing against Virginia by scoring 18 points on 7 of 12 shooting to go along with eight assists for Duke (19-3, 7-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), which shot 55 percent after halftime and made 6-for-8 during that period from 3-pointers.
Wendell Carter Jr. added 17 points, including 10 in the second half with seven rebounds, while Marvin Bagley III ended with 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocks for the Blue Devils, who rebounded from a two-point loss to No. 4 Virginia at the weekend.
“I’m not saying Virginia wasn’t worthy of winning, but we had a great shot at winning that game,” said coach Mike Krzyzewski.
“And you worry about a hangover where you’re still thinking about that. And that’s what we’ve tried to address for the last couple of days, and I thought our team did that.”
Trevon Duval supported with 12 points and four assists for the home side, which led 42-34 at halftime.
T.J. Gibbs scored 22 points to lead Notre Dame, which was losing for the sixth straight time and remains without ACC preseason player of the year Bonzie Colson, as well as guards Matt Farrell and D.J. Harvey due to injuries.
John Mooney added 14 points with a career-high four 3-pointers and Nikola Djogo chipped in with 10 points for the injury-struck Fighting Irish (13-9, 3-6), who are on their longest losing streak since the 2008-09 season when the squad lost seven in a row between Jan. 12 and Feb. 7.
Notre Dame was competitive for nearly 30 minutes of the contest, but Duke, which led for all but nine-seconds, used an 18-0 run to kill the game late in the second half.
“That offensive run they had in the second half, it kind of broke our back,” Fighting Irish coach Mike Brey said.
Brey added: “We’re trying to figure this thing out. Maybe we’ll have a few bodies back for N.C. State.
“… We could use a couple more bodies back. Now you’ve got the back nine of the league.”
Notre Dame will visit North Carolina State on Saturday.
Duke will step out of ACC play to battle with St. John’s in Madison Square Garden on Saturday.