Crazy comeback keeps Notre Dame on NCAA bubble

Crazy comeback keeps Notre Dame on NCAA bubble

Notre Dame wanted to leave an impression with the NCAA Selection Committee that at full health, it is a team worthy of a spot in the Big Dance.

This was some kind of impression.

After looking down and out and trailing by 21 points with 14 minutes left, the Irish pulled off a furious comeback to stun Virginia Tech 71-65 in the second round of the ACC Tournament on Wednesday night at Barclays Center.

Tenth-seeded Notre Dame reclaimed the lead for good in fittingly absurd fashion, as Bonzie Colson banked in an off-balanced 3-pointer as the shot clock buzzer sounded with 2:02 left in the game. It made it a 60-59 Irish lead, just 13 minutes after the seventh-seeded Hokies had taken their largest lead of the game, 47-26.

As it climbed back into the game, Notre Dame used separate runs of 13-0 and 14-0.

The 10th-seeded Irish advanced to Friday’s 7 p.m. quarterfinal, where they will face No. 2 Duke.

The Hokies had closed out the first half on a 23-6 run to take a 34-21 lead into the break. Notre Dame shot just 2-of-18 from the field in a stretch of 10:35 during the skid.

Colson struggled to find much of anything in the first half — though he wasn’t the only one, as the Irish shot just 8-for-32. A 6-foot-6, 224-pound senior forward, Colson was playing on back-to-back days after playing just three games in the last 66 days before Wednesday because of a broken foot.

Colson rallied back to finish with 12 points while Matt Farrell led the way with 22.

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