SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — T.J. Gibbs scored 22 first-half points and finished with a career-high 28 as Notre Dame overcame a record-setting effort by Boston College’s Jerome Robinson and ended its longest losing streak in nine years with a 96-85 victory over the Eagles on Tuesday night.

Robinson finished with 46 points, shattering the 40-year-old standard for an opponent at Purcell Pavilion. Lowes Moore scored 40 points for West Virginia in January 1978.

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Matt Farrell had 19 points and seven assists, and Martinas Geben added 16 points and 11 rebounds, as the Fighting Irish (14-10, 4-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) halted their skid at seven games.

Gibbs, a sophomore, went 8 of 11 from the field, including five 3-pointers, and 7 of 7 at the free-throw line, yet that was still overshadowed by Robinson, a junior who was 15-of-23 shooting, with seven 3-pointers, and 9 of 9 at the stripe.

Ky Bowman scored 11 points and Steffon Mitchell grabbed 11 rebounds for BC (14-10, 4-7).

Notre Dame led 60-42 with 14:32 to go, but the Eagles got as close at 70-68 with seven minutes left before the Irish pulled away, leading by as many as 15 in the closing minutes.

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Notre Dame beat Boston College for the 10th straight time and avoided what would’ve been its longest losing streak since 1965-’66.


Notre Dame: The Irish strengthened their fading NCAA Tourney hopes with the win. Notre Dame still anticipates the return of injured Bonzie Colson — who is averaging 21.4 points in 14 games this season — in time for the ACC Tournament, if not before the end of the regular season. The Irish still own key opportunities to impress the NCAA committee, including away games with No. 2 Virginia and No. 21 North Carolina. They’ll have to keep winning, though. A year ago, Wake Forest made the NCAA field at just 9-9 in the ACC, although 10-8 Syracuse did not.


Notre Dame: The Irish are home Saturday to Florida State, one of just three games remaining this season at Purcell Pavilion.

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