Teurlings hands Notre Dame its first loss
LAFAYETTE – The Notre Dame Pioneers got off to a quick start but struggled with Teurlings’ press and size over the final three quarters and fell to the Rebels, 60-44, at the Rebel Dome.
The contest was the Pios’ first game in the Chic-fil-A Round Robin.
“We were just inconsistent tonight,” said ND coach Donald Adams, whose team fell to 1-1 on the season. “We had too many careless turnovers. It takes patience and poise to break the press and we were trying to dribble through it when we should have been trying to pass through the press.”
The Pios jumped out to an 11-6 lead after the first quarter thanks to a layup by John Duos and a 3-pointer by Brice Brandon to end the frame.
The Rebels responded in the second quarter and outscored the Pios 18-10 behind a smothering press that produced countless turnovers.
“One of our major weaknesses right now is breaking the press,” said Adams. “We have to be able to do that and get in our half court set because everyone is going to put pressure on us.
“We did pretty good in transition and once we did break the press, we did fairly well. But we’re going to have to get past that, especially against the bigger teams.”
Teurlings’ size gave the Pios trouble throughout the contest with 6-foot-6 forward Cole Kelly and 6-foot-5 Ike Hidalgo. That duo combined for 43 of the Rebels’ 60 points.
“It’s always tough to stop Kelly,” said Adams. “We found that out when he was a freshman. Kelly and Hildago, those were the two that really hurt us tonight. That was half of their offense right there. If we could have limited them we would have had a chance.”
The Pios kept it close throughout the third quarter thanks to another 3-pointer from Brandon and back-to-back layups in transition by Claiton Johnson and Ethan Smith. But the Rebles canned consecutive 3-pointers in the final minute to take a 40-33 advantage.
That was as close as the Pios would get.
Cole and Hildago took over in the final frame which turned out to be a free throw shooting clinic for the Rebels. Teurlings went to the line for 22 free throws in the final eight minutes and converted on 15.
“We came out ready to play in the first quarter, but then we had a number of careless turnovers,” said Adams. “We were still in the game, but the fourth quarter is when they really put us away.”
Hunter Meche and Tre Milstead paced the Pios with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Brandon followed with nine points and Johnson had eight. Duos, Smith and Jacob Leleux each scored two points.
Hidalgo led the Rebels with a game-high 23 points while Kelly had 19.