NEWARK, Del. – Notre Dame used a late first half run to take control and held off Delaware in the second half as the ninth-ranked Fighting Irish pulled away for a 92-68 victory over the Blue Hens Saturday night in front of a sold out Bob Carpenter Center crowd.

Matt Farrell paced Notre Dame (8-2) with 24 points and seven assists, T.J. Gibbs added 21 points, and Bonzie Colson notched his fifth double-double of the year with 19 points and 12 boards. The Irish shot 56.9 percent from the field, went 13 of 23 from behind the arc, and knocked down 13 of 14 free throw attempts.

UD freshman guard Kevin Anderson scored a season-high 23 points and dished out seven assists while not committing a turnover in 40 minutes of action. Ryan Daly, who also played the entire game, finished with 15 points, while Ryan Allen scored all but two of his 14 points in the second half.

Eric Carter grabbed a team-leading nine rebounds for the Blue Hens (4-6), while Chyree Walker contributed eight points on the night.

Delaware hung with the nationally-ranked Irish early on, while a layup by Anderson gave the Blue Hens a 19-17 lead with 8:21 left in the first half. Notre Dame still led by just three at 26-23 with four minutes on the clock, before the Irish closed the period on a 12-4 run to take a 38-27 advantage into the break.

Notre Dame quickly extended the margin to 55-34 with 13 minutes to play, and even though the Blue Hens knocked down six three-pointers in the second half, Delaware never got closer than 16 the rest of the way.

“I’ve never been so proud of a team after losing by 24 points. I think our team really believed and competed. We went for it. I love our group and I think we’re getting better. We’re going to get over the hump. We have a young, talented freshman class that really believes. We went toe-to-toe with Notre Dame for about 16 minutes in the first half, before the last four minutes got away from us a bit. They hit a couple of three-pointers and it went from a two-possession game to 11 points, which was too big a hole for us to dig out of.”

“What an unbelievable atmosphere tonight was. It was great to see the Carpenter Center sold out for the first time since 2003. It was electric in there. I hope the people that were in the building tonight are excited to come back and watch us. Our team is unselfish and plays the game the right way. We’re still learning but our group is fearless and battled back.”

“When you go into a game as a competitor you always think you’re going to win. We were going back-and-forth with them for the first 15 or 16 minutes of the first half, but we went on a dry spell offensively and they hit some big shots. They’re a great basketball team. We fed off the energy of the crowd and got some stops early on. Looking up at scoreboard early on I thought, ‘We can play with these guys.’ It was by far the biggest crowd I’ve seen the last two years, and the support was awesome.” 

• Notre Dame was the highest ranked opponent, and the second ACC opponent, in BCC history
• The Blue Hens held a 16-14 advantage in assists
• Both teams committed just seven turnovers
• The Irish held a slim 36-32 rebounding advantage
• Daly reached double figures for the eighth straight game, while Allen scored in double digits for the fifth consecutive game
• Delaware fell to 0-33 all-time vs. nationally-ranked opponents, including 0-18 vs. top 10 foes
• The game was the 39th men’s basketball sellout in BCC history
• The teams are scheduled to play again next year in South Bend

Delaware at Delaware State – December 17, 2017 (8 p.m.)
Delaware vs. CSU Bakersfield – December 20, 2017 (7 p.m.)
Delaware vs. Cornell – December 28, 2017 (2 p.m.)

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