Irish overcome halftime deficit to pull off the upset
Bonzie Colson scores 17/15 points to lead the Irish offense
Playing without Demetrius Jackson, V.J. Beachem led the team with 22 points.
Notre Dame vs. No. 2 UNC February 6, 2016
Notre Dame vs. Miami February 3, 2016
Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest January 31, 2016
Jan. 28, 2016
Notre Dame hosts the Virginia Tech Hokies.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2015-16): Talented frontline player heads into his sophomore campaign likely to be tabbed a starter for the Fighting Irish at the start of the season ... will join senior Zach Auguste as one of two starters in the post ... earned increased playing time during his freshman campaign thanks to the effort he showed on the court ... uses his wingspan to his advantage ... proven rebounder who plays with a fearlessness around the basket ... can be an effective scorer around the basket ... has worked during the offseason to develop his mid-range jump shot ... became an effective rebounder for the Irish during his freshman season because of his ability to get his hands on the ball ... owns a style of play that is reminiscent of former Irish All-American Luke Harangody (2006-10) ... unselfish player who knows how to find his teammates ... possesses a good feel and understanding of the game ... teammates enjoy playing with him because of his passing ability ... has great basketball knowledge as grew up around the game ... provides great energy for the Irish when he is in the lineup ... his father Bonzie Sr., starred at the University of Rhode Island.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2014-15): Enjoyed strong rookie outing with the Irish as he logged more minutes than any freshman on the squad coming off the bench ... averaged 5.6 ppg. (179 points) and 2.7 rpg. (88 rebounds) in the 32 games he played ... saw action in 15 ACC contests and made his only career start in win at home versus Miami ... averaged 7.2 points 3.6 rebounds in ACC play ... emerged as a force in reserve role for Notre Dame during ACC and NCAA championship postseason runs ... averaged 4.9 points and 2.0 rebounds in Notre Dame's seven post-season contests ... netted double figures in five games ... played in 21 consecutive games to end the season ... netted a career-high 17 points in two outings ... his first 17-point performance came in Notre Dame's 71-59 victory at Louisville ... played a personal-best 26 minutes in the contest as he finished a perfect 7-7 from the field ... also grabbed a career-high nine rebounds against the Cardinals ... prior to that game, he had scored in double figures in previous two outings ... in return back to the New England area when the Irish faced Boston College, he finished with 16 points (on 8-9 shooting from the field) and six rebounds in just 14 minutes off the bench ... played 19 minutes and scored 16 points on 4-8 shooting from the field to Syracuse ... matched his career-high 17-point performance in ACC Championship semifinal win over Duke ... played 29 minutes in the contest as well, and finished the game hitting 5-9 from the field and 7-8 from the charity stripe ... scored seven points in collegiate debut against Binghamton in season opener ... came off the bench and played 20 minutes versus Coppin State and finished with five points and three rebounds ... netted five points and grabbed five rebounds in win over Mount St. Mary's ... tallied six points in win over Hartford ... his first double-figure scoring effort of the season game in win at Georgia Tech as he came off the bench and played 22 minutes ... scored 10 points on 3-4 shooting from the field, and hitting 4-4 from the free-throw line while also grabbing four rebounds ... in start versus Miami, played 12 points and finished with four points and three rebounds ... in win over Duke during the regular season, scored eight points and grabbed four rebounds ... also turned in an eight-point performance versus Wake Forest in 13 minutes off the bench ... played 14 minutes versus Wichita State in Midwest Regional semifinal contest and scored six points ...played 13 minutes and finished with five points against Kentucky in loss to top-ranked Wildcats.
AWARDS AND HONORS: Notre Dame Newcomer of the Year (2015).
HIGH SCHOOL: Two-time Rhode Island Gatorade Player of the Year (2013 and 2014) ... averaged 16.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, 3.8 blocked shots in his senior season while serving as captain of his St. Andrew's School Prep squad in Barrington, Rhode Island and leading team to a 26-5 record and a spot in the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Class AA tournament semifinals ... recorded 23 double-doubles as a senior and 46 during his career ... a two-time first-team all-NEPSAC selection ... finished his career at St. Andrew's with 1,938 points and 1,162 rebounds ... led his teams to a 99-31 (.762) record during four-year career ... averaged 17.0 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.5 blocked shots in his junior year as St. Andrew's finished the 2012-13 campaign with a 24-9 record ... his squad advanced to the NEPSAC championship game before dropping a 61-60 heartbreaker on a 45-foot bank shot at the buzzer ... prior to that season, his St. Andrew's teams earned appearances in the New England semifinals and finished with a 25-9 mark in 2010-11 and 24-8 record in 2011-12 ... received Big Slice Game Award at 2014 Kentucky Derby Festival Classic at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky, as he finished the game with 18 points and 15 rebounds ... member of Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) AAU team for six years ... won four AAU national championships with that program ... won gold medal in 2012 at prestigious Victor RHO tournament in Milan, Italy ... participated in Albert Schweitzer Game in Germany in April 2014 ... member of United States East squad at 2013 Nike Global Challenge.
PERSONAL: Full name is Bonzie Alexander Colson II ... born in Washington, D.C. ... son of Bonzie and Cynthia Colson ... has a younger sister Sydni ... hails from a basketball family ... his father was a four-year starting center at the University of Rhode Island and one of the Rams' career shot block leaders ... during the 1987-88 campaign, the elder Colson helped Rhode Island to a school-best 28-7 record and an appearance in the NCAA Championship Sweet 16 ... he also spent time as an assistant coach on the George Washington and Boston College coaching staffs ... participated in St. Andrew's choir and theatre programs ... performed over 100 hours of community service and earned the Headmaster's Award ... participant in Rosenthal Leadership Academy ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters.