Notre Dame men’s basketball team added something else to be thankful for this Thanksgiving – a Maui Invitational Championship. The Irish knocked off #6 Wichita State despite barely leading throughout the game and after trailing by as many as 16. The Irish led early at 4-2 but did not hold another lead until there were 2.3 seconds left on the clock and that’s all that matters. Notre Dame won 67-66 thanks to an exhilarating final minute of action.
After Bonzie Colson missed a three pointer that would have tied it with just over 30 seconds remaining, things looked bleak for the Irish. Then Matt Farrell came to the rescue with a steal on a Wichita State inbounds pass that led to an easy layup for Colson. After the Shockers missed the front end of a one and one, Mike Brey called a timeout and drew an inbound play to the most obvious target on the court – Martinas Geben. Notre Dame’s often overlooked big man flashed down the lane and got fouled. Geben nailed both shots from the charity stripe and after Wichita was unable to to even get a shot off, the Irish were still perfect on the season and claimed the Maui title.
Colson had another double double with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Farrell chipped in 15 with 4 rebounds and 4 assists