SOUTH BEND, Indiana (Ticker) -- Notre Dame can rejoice yet again at the Joyce Center.
Chris Thomas and Matt Carroll each scored 18 points as the 10th-ranked Fighting Irish ran their home winning streak to 13 games with an 88-69 Big East Conference victory over West Virginia.
Notre Dame (17-3, 5-1 Big East West) is off to its best start since winning 22 of 25 to open the 1978-79 season. The Fighting Irish are riding their longest run at home since the 1985-86 campaign.
Thomas struggled in the first half and had just four points. But he and Dan Miller had baskets in the final two minutes as Notre Dame built a 36-30 lead. Carroll drained a 3-pointer and freshman Torin Francis converted a three-point play for a 48-35 lead with just under 16 minutes remaining.
"We struggled the whole game, Matt and I," Thomas said. "If we win by 20 points and shoot so badly, it says a lot about our team."
Two free throws by Thomas with 7:52 to play gave Notre Dame its first 20-point lead at 68-48. Its largest cushion came when Torrian Jones' 3-pointer made it 85-64 with 1:26 to go.
West Virginia (11-7, 2-4) had a two-game winning streak snapped and fell to 0-6 on the road. Drew Schifino 20 points to lead the Mountaineers, who made just 8-of-24 shots from beyond the arc.
"We limited their 3-point shots, that's where they're most dangerous," Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said.
Notre Dame shot 37.5 percent (15-of-40) in the first half, but heated up to make 6-of-14 shots from beyond the arc in the second half. The Fighting Irish converted 89 percent (24-of-27) at the foul line.
The Fighting Irish also improved to 6-0 when outrebounding their opponent, holding a commanding 51-27 edge on the boards. Miller grabbed nine rebounds and Francis and Carroll added seven each.
"We know we do not have to outrebound people to win the game, but we can't be beat 51-27 off the boards," West Virginia coach John Beilein said.
Notre Dame held a 24-5 edge in second-chance points.
"I was surprised at all the offensive rebounds we got," Carroll said. "I knew we had a lot, but I didn't realize it was that many (22)."
Miller scored with 15 points and reserve Tom Timmermans added all nine of his points in the first half. Francis scored eight points and Jones netted seven.
"All eight games in our rotation played very well," Brey said. "Tom Timmermans came off the bench well."
Freshman Kevin Pittsnogle scored 11 points and was the only other player in double figures for the Mountaineers.