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Notre Dame beat Virginia Tech 71-66 in ACC Tournament
Thursday Mar 08, 2018 12:00am

Notre Dame beat Virginia Tech 71-66 in ACC Tournament
(NEW YORK) – Bonzie Colson pounded his chest and screamed in triumph. Matt Farrell looked over at former Notre Dame star LaPhonso Ellis, who was broadcasting courtside and yelled the team wasn't done. The biggest comeback in Fighting Irish history came just in time Wednesday night, and that was worth hollering about. Colson banked in a go-ahead, 3-point heave that barely beat the shot clock with two minutes remaining, and Notre Dame rallied from 21 down in the second half to stun Virginia Tech 71-65 at the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. Farrell scored 22 points for the 10th-seeded Irish (20-13), who overcame a dreadful start in extending their late push to reach the NCAA Tournament. Finally healthy after injuries to Colson and Farrell nearly wrecked a promising season, Notre Dame advanced to play Thursday night in the ACC quarterfinals against fifth-ranked and second-seeded Duke, the defending tournament champion. With the Irish stars struggling to make shots, seventh-seeded Virginia Tech (21-11) was cruising along with a 47-26 lead with 14 minutes remaining when Farrell drained his second consecutive 3. That started a ferocious surge that got a feisty Notre Dame squad back into it. The game got a little testy as the Irish picked up the intensity and the Hokies went cold on offense. Colson, back from a broken foot, finished with 12 points. Rex Pflueger had 14 points and nine rebounds, and T.J. Gibbs added 13 points and seven assists for Notre Dame.

OTHER ACC TOURNAMENT SCORES
Louisville 82 – Florida State 74
Boston College 91 – NC State 87
North Carolina 78 – Syracuse 59

Bonzie Colson hits the go ahead 3 pointer against Virginia Tech (photo courtesy of Brad Penner/USA Today Sports)
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