Despite a career high 46 points from Jerome Robinson, Boston College couldn't overcome the hot shooting of the Fighting Irish in South Bend. Robinson now has the most points in a game this season in the ACC and the second most for a BC player ever.
The Irish finished the night shooting 52% from the floor and 55% from the three-point range, led by sophomore guard T.J. Gibbs who scored 28 points, 22 of which were recorded in the first half.
Coming into Tuesday's matchup, Notre Dame had lost their last seven games. Despite shooting a pedestrian 35% from three on the year, the Irish were red hot.
BC fell behind early as the tandem of Gibbs and Matt Farrell brought the Irish to a double-digit lead halfway through the first half. Robinson did all he could to bring the Eagles closer, cutting the deficit to three with less than a minute to go in the half.
Back to back threes from Farrell and Gibbs gave the Irish a nine point lead going into the break.
The second half produced more of the same trend as Notre Dame continued to unleash from the three, while Robinson kept the Eagles close enough to make a run. The Irish jumped out to an 18 point lead, their largest of the night, about five minutes into the second half on a pair of Gibbs free throws. Robinson’s offensive arsenal, however, proved to be too much for the Irish, as the Eagles were able to cut the lead down to two with 6:49 left in the game.
From there, the Irish capitalized on a porous Eagles defense and consistently knocked down shots from behind the arc. Guard Rex Pflueger and forward Martinas Geben made huge shots down the stretch, gaining an insurmountable 12-point lead with under a minute left in the game.
BC’s other star, Ky Bowman, was relatively quiet, mustering only eight points before a garbage time three. Bowman came into the contest averaging just under 17 points per game. The Eagles were without starting center Nik Popovic for most of the game, including the entire second half after he sustained an abdominal injury.
Robinson continued his dominance in ACC play improving on his already conference-leading 23.1 points per game. This game marked his seventh game this season scoring 20 points or more in conference play. This outburst has improved upon his already strong case for making the All-ACC first team.
The Eagles will look to get back on track in Chestnut Hill on Saturday against the 25th ranked Miami Hurricanes, before a rematch against the Irish goes down at home Feb. 17.