With 2:02 remaining and one second on the shot clock, Colson buried a fadeaway three to give Notre Dame their first lead since the 13:32 mark of the first half. Led by Matt Ferrell's four 3-pointers, Notre Dame (10 of 29) also narrowly outshot Virginia Tech (8-30) from distance. In 39 minutes, he collected 22 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 threes with 3 turnovers.
Please Note: The Team/Players stats for Notre Dame are not updated with the results from their game against Virginia Tech on 3/7.
During an extremely critical stretch of the game while Notre Dame was mounting its comeback, Farrell and Clarke got tangled up and what happened next apparently depends on perspective. It hasn't been easy but the Irish are still in it at Barclays Center, where they are 9-2 all-time. "It was just a great win for us, and it was kind of emotional", Farrell said. The 6-foot-6 forward will give up several inches to everyone in the Blue Devil frontcourt, but Colson still arguably the best rebounder in the ACC and shoots well enough to stretch Duke's zone defense, which it was not using extensively when the two teams met in January. "But we dug in defensively and started making our shots". "But I think everyone's help me out a lot, and we're coming together well".
"The defense really translated over to the offensive end", Pflueger added.
Farrell hit his free throws and the Irish fans came alive. The Devils are more talented and rested, but as Wednesday made clear, Colson and Farrell make the Irish formidable, indeed.
Games begin at noon on Thursday.
The ACC tournament continued on Wednesday, with four second-round matchups scheduled and a number of teams fighting for their NCAA tournament lives. "When I have my guys back, we're a top-20 team, and I think people on that committee know that".
"I feel like our younger position players are doing really, a pretty good job". They have six Quadrant 1 wins - including North Carolina and Clemson - and a 7-10 record against the top two quadrants with just a single Quadrant 3 loss.
A win against Virginia on Thursday would surely seal the deal for Louisville, however. Bonzie Colson ended the drought with his first bucket, which came just past the midway point in the first half.
"I mean, first things first, we've got a Miami team who is obviously one of the storied names in college baseball, regardless of how last year went for them, or how this year thus far has gone for them", Aoki said.
"They made it hard for me to catch it, for me to go work down there", said Colson. The loss was a low point in the season as the Duke faithful chanted NIT to the Irish as Duke pulled away in the end.
The Irish looked exhausted in the first half, but found new energy against the Hokies during the final 20 minutes.
The Louisville Cardinals held off a spirited second-half comeback by the Florida Seminoles on Wednesday at the ACC tournament on Wednesday, winning 82-74 and bolstering their bubble resume in the process.
"Every coach in the country thinks his team is a tournament team", Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. But it got worse before it got better.