Notre Dame cruises past Coppin State 104-67
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Zach Auguste had 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds, and V.J. Beachem scored 19 to help Notre Dame beat Coppin State 104-67 on Wednesday night.
Auguste was perfect from the field, hitting 9 of 9 shots, and 3 of 3 from the line. Beachem came off the bench to hit five 3-pointers.
Jerian Grant added 15 points, Martinas Geben had 12 and Demetrius Jackson finished with 10 for Notre Dame (3-0).
Arnold Fripp led Coppin State (0-3) with 14 points. Sterling Smith added 12 and Taariq Cephas had 11.
The Irish jumped out to a 19-2 lead over the first 3:47, including two 3's by Steve Vasturia.
Auguste hit the game's first bucket underneath off a feed from Grant, then converted a three-point play on the next possession. After a Grant steal and layup, Auguste flushed a dunk off a steal from Vasturia. The lead was quickly 9-0.
Things only worsened for Coppin State, a Baltimore school out of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in its first-ever meeting with Notre Dame. The Eagles shot just 38 percent from the field and were out-rebounded 44-25.
Coppin State shot 35 percent from the field for the game and struggled from 3-point range early, hitting just one of their first 18 attempts. The Eagles trailed 53-23 at the half.
Coppin State allowed 100 or more points in three straight games for the first time in program history. They lost their first two games on the road to Oregon (107-65) and Illinois (114-56).
Notre Dame is 53-1 at home in the month of November under head coach Mike Brey. The only loss during that stretch was last season's 83-70 setback to Indiana State.
Coppin State will play 10 schools from 10 different conferences this season, and visit a different time zone in each of its first four games (Oregon, Illinois, Notre Dame and Denver).
Notre Dame: at Massachusetts on Saturday.
Coppin State: at Denver on Sunday.