Feb. 26, 2017
By: Robby Hamman
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - No. 21/17 Notre Dame (22-7, 11-5 ACC) turned in a gutty performance to record their fifth straight win by defeating Georgia Tech (16-13, 7-9 ACC) by a final score of 64-60. Notre Dame's streak of five consecutive wins is the longest active streak in the ACC.
Junior forward Bonzie Colson turned in another double-double performance, scoring a team-high 20 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Colson leads the ACC in both double-doubles and 20-point, 10-rebound performances. Junior guard Matt Farrell was the other Irish player to finish in double figures with 17 points.
How It Happened
The Irish and Yellow Jackets played an even opening 10 minutes, as the two sides were deadlocked at 20-20 with 9:50 left in the half. Notre Dame then reeled off seven straight points over the next three minutes to go on top 27-20. The Irish went into the halftime intermission holding a six-point lead with the score 34-28.
Notre Dame pushed its lead to nine with 15:44 left in the second half off a three-point make from senior guard V.J. Beachem. The Yellow Jackets chipped away at the Irish lead, making it a four-point game with just less than five minutes to go at 52-48 but Notre Dame increased its lead to double figures at 60-50 with 1:24 remaining. Georgia Tech made one last run and cut Notre Dame's lead to two at 62-60 with three seconds remaining. Junior guard Matt Farrell then made two free throws to seal the victory at 64-60.
Notre Dame Player Of The Game
Colson continued his excellent junior campaign on Sunday with his ACC-best 17th double-double of the season and 21st of his career. The New Bedford, Massachusetts, native finished 8-of-14 from the field and went a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc to score 20 points. Colson also added two blocks and two steals in the victory.
Stat Of The Game
The Irish connected on 10 shots from three-point range against the Yellow Jackets, marking the 14th game with at least 10 three-point makes this season. The 2016-17 Notre Dame team has now recorded more games of 10-plus makes from distance than any other team in the Brey era, as the 2005-06 and 2006-07 squads each posted 13 games with at least 10 three-point makes.
Notre Dame Notes
- With the win the Irish are in a three-way tie for second place in the ACC standings with two games remaining on the regular season schedule.
- The Irish are 12-3 on the season in games decided by eight points or less.
- Notre Dame turned the ball over just eight times in the win, marking the 16th time this season the team has posted less than 10 turnovers in a game.
- The Irish connected on 10 shots from beyond the arc, marking the 14th time this season the team has hit 10 or more shots from distance this season.
- Sunday marked Colson's 10th 20-point performance of the season and 12th of his career.
- Farrell surpassed the 10-point mark for the 25th time this season with 17 points.
The Irish play their final home game of the season on Wednesday, March 1, as Notre Dame hosts Boston College at 8 p.m. The game will be Senior Night and will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.
Robby Hamman joined Fighting Irish Media as athletics communications assistant director in September 2016, coordinating efforts for the volleyball and men's lacrosse program.