Notre Dame kept their record in ACC play unblemished on Thursday night in Miami with a 67-62 win over the Hurricanes. The Irish overcame a sluggish start to the first half to pick up their fourth win in as many tries in ACC play. Steve Vasturia built on his reputation of being clutch yet again by driving through the lane and sinking a layup with 8 seconds left to put the Irish up by three.
Notre Dame used a 10-0 run to start the 2nd half to fuel their latest victory. The run would be a sign of things to come as both squads exchanged runs before Vasturia’s latest heroics put the nail in the coffin. Miami used a 13-2 run in the second half to take the lead after Notre Dame built it’s biggest lead of the game.
The runs didn’t end there.
Notre Dame outscored Miami 10-1 down the stretch to comeback one last time before time expired. VJ Beachem came up big in the clutch again with the go ahead basket and victory sealing steal. Beachem’s go ahead bucket set Vasturia up for his latest last second basket.
Colson Goes Cold
Bonzie Colson had a rare off night for Notre Dame on Thursday with a season low 8 points. Colson hit just 2 of 12 shots from the floor. His cold night shooting didn’t effect him on the glass as he recorded his fourth straight game with double digit rebounds. Colson’s 11 rebounds gave him 10 or more rebounds in 11 of the last 14 games.
Matt Farrell kept his hot streak going by leading Notre Dame with 15 points while Beachem added 13 and Vasturia 10. Reserve Austin Torres had an efficient night with 8 points in just 8 minutes off the bench for the Irish.
As a team, Notre Dame hit just 5 of 20 three pointers but did continue their impressive free throw shooting. Notre Dame leads the country from charity stripe and hit 12 of 14 again on Thursday night. The two most important came from Farrell who knocked down both of his attempts following Beachem’s steal.
We’re Going Streaking, Miami Isn’t
Notre Dame’s victory is their 4th in a row in ACC play and 6th in a row overall. The four ACC wins have been a combined 18 points. Miami on the other hand, had their 21 game home winning streak snapped by the Irish who are now 15-2 overall and ranked 20th in the country.
The 4-0 start to conference play is the best in Notre Dame’s short history in the ACC. The Irish are also one of just two unbeaten teams in ACC play along with Florida State.
Next Up for Notre Dame Basketball
The Irish don’t have much time to rest before their next contest. Notre Dame is back in action again Saturday afternoon on the road in Blacksburg against Virginia Tech. The Hokies are 13-3 on the season after beating Syracuse earlier this week. Hopefully the basketball team can get some payback for the football team after the Hokies ruined Senior Day in November.