Notre Dame Basketball: Irish Barely Escaped Princeton


He calmed his players down, and while the storm continued to rage, Notre Dame made just enough plays - and Princeton not quite enough - to escape with the win.

Early on, it was clear that these two teams matched up similarly, especially as Notre Dame seemed to be playing at Princeton's tempo.

Irish head coach Mike Brey told reporters that he prepared two speeches on the bus ride over to KeyBank Arena: one if Notre dame won, and another if Notre Dame lost. We smile a little bit, we keep them loose. Cannady heaved up a 3 from behind the National Basketball Association 3-point line, and Vasturia came down with the rebound to secure a 60-58 Notre Dame victory.

Spencer Weisz '17, the Ivy League Player of the Year, led the Tigers with 15 points on 6-for-11 shooting. The Irish took a six-point lead into the halftime break at 36-30. But the Tigers managed the pace of the game and held Notre Dame well below its season average of 78 points per game.

A critical juncture of the game came in midway portion of the first half.

The Irish have since picked themselves up from a February 5 loss at North Carolina to clinch a third-straight top-four finish in the league and the tournament double-bye that accompanies it.

His health is crucial for Thursday's game against the Tigers and throughout the tournament.

"I think the older girls maybe have a different perspective, but as a freshman, I never experienced going straight to the (NCAA) tournament", Satter said before the conference tournament. He led the team in scoring with 18 points, grabbed seven rebounds and handed out a pair of assists. We stayed locked in on defense and then on the offense end, we was still in our movement. While they did a good job of hanging with the Fighting Irish when trying to find a man who's under the basket - the product of a signature Princeton backdoor cut - they couldn't do much else.

The slipper didn't fit for the Princeton Tigers. "In a situation like that, you're trying to do everything you can to claw back".

The first Ivy League tournament was madness for Steven Cook.

Matt Farrell was fouled and sent to the free throw line with 10.6 seconds remaining.

Whether defense wins championships remains debatable, but there's no doubt that it has a hand in helping underdogs win first-round games. Then the madness ensued. Princeton responded with a bucket to pull within three, and had the ball with 20 seconds left after Farrell couldn't connect on an elbow jumper.

"I have to be better down the stretch, I took a couple bad shots and I have to make free throws down the stretch", Farrell said.

Most importantly, though, Notre Dame played with toughness throughout the game. The Irish can expect full-court pressure throughout the game against a team that saw double-digit leads twice evaporate before closing strong in an 86-80 win over Bucknell.

And here, with top player Bonzie Colson still nursing a bad ankle in an 18-point, seven-rebound performance, they'd stolen another. "Everyone talks about the insane basketball we all see in March".

The Irish can light up the scoreboard, and they'll do that against the undersized Tigers.

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