SOUTH BEND, Ind. - (Nov. 16) A hot shooting night by the Fighting Irish, coupled with turnovers and cold shooting by the Redhawks sent Seattle University men’s basketball to a 92-49 setback at Notre Dame Wednesday night in the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center.
After managing just a 3-for-16 effort from three four days ago against Bryant, the Fighting Irish came out on fire, hitting 10-for-18 from deep in the first half. V.J. Beachem went 3-for-4 in the frame and Matt Ryan was 3-for-5 as UND built a 31-point halftime lead.
It took nearly two minutes before either team would find the bottom of the bucket, the ice finally broken by an Aaron Menzies dunk at the 18:04 mark. A pair of William Powell free throws gave SU (1-2) a brief lead with 17:32 to go and his layup at the 16-minute mark made it 7-6 UND.
But the Irish (2-0) would find their mark. Steve Vastoria would score five straight points, Bonzie Colson put down a dunk and Beachem added a dunk and three of his own as the 12-0 run opened up a 19-6 advantage with 12:03 to go.
Notre Dame would never look back, building its lead to as many as 46 before the final balance.
Seattle U shot just 29 percent from the field for the game, including 9-for-30 from three. Turnovers were also costly as 21 giveaway turned into 29 points for the Fighting Irish.
Freshman Matej Kavas led SU with 11 points. Powell finished with nine, all in the first half.
Five Notre Dame players reached double figures including Beachem and Colson with 16 apiece.
The Redhawks return home to Seattle for the weekend, before traveling across the state to Cheney for the final two games of the Legends Classic on Nov. 21 and 22. Seattle U will face Louisiana Monroe on Monday at 3:35 p.m.. They’ll then face either Bryant or host Eastern Washington on Tuesday.