NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The Notre Dame Fighting Irish put on an offensive show Monday night, shooting 58 percent from the field on their way to a 97-72 men’s basketball victory over the University of Maine at Purcell Pavilion.
Notre Dame went 12-for-18 (67 percent) from 3-point range and outscored the Black Bears 25-5 from the foul line, going 25-for-27 (93 percent) from the stripe, to the delight of 6,303 fans.
“We knew going into the game they were going to be very offensively explosive,” said UMaine coach Ted Woodward.
“They did a great job. I wish we would have done a little bit better job defensively,” he added.
Tim Abromaitis went 4-for-5 from 3-point range on his way to a game-high 26 points for the Irish (4-0), who placed five players in double figures. Notre Dame registered 26 assists on its 30 field goals.
Scott Martin tallied 15 points and Tyrone Nash finished with a double-double (13 points, 11 rebounds) and five assists. Ben Hansbrough (nine assists) and Carleton Scott netted 11 points each for the winners.
UMaine (2-2) turned in a strong offensive performance of its own, shooting 48 percent from the floor. Junior guard Gerald McLemore led the way with 16 points and five assists, while senior forward Troy Barnies of Auburn contributed 15 points and five rebounds.
Junior point guard Raheem Singleton tossed in 12 points for the Bears, who shot 7-for-16 (46 percent) on 3-pointers and committed only six turnovers.
UMaine was hampered by foul trouble to senior forward Sean McNally of Gardiner (four points, two rebounds) and sophomore forward Murphy Burnatowski (three points), who played only 17 and 18 minutes, respectively.
“I think when you start shooting the basketball the way they were shooting it, it puts you in a scramble mode and maybe you reach and foul more than you normally would,” Woodward said.
Notre Dame also outrebounded UMaine 36-21.