After a sluggish first half that saw BC put up 49 points vs. the Irish, ND used a 21-3 to propel themselves into a lead that they would not relinquish en route to a 84-76 victory.
BC came out of the gates hot and hit nine of their first 12 shots. The Irish were a step slow on defense and BC’s spacing was very effective.
Notre Dame was feeling the letdown effects after the big victory over Florida State on Saturday, but Colson and Farrell provided a shot in the arm to fuel ND’s second half run.
Tuesday’s win marks Notre Dame’s 20th of the season and their ninth in conference.
The Irish will return to action Saturday with a road game at N.C. State.
– The Irish found their form offensively after some big buckets from Colson and Farrell, but the key to the win was Notre Dame’s move to a 2-3 zone.
– The zone disrupted BC’s offensive rhythm and the length of Torres and Colson on the back-end caused the Eagles to struggle on the interior.
– It won’t show up in the box score, but T.J. Gibbs and Rex Pflueger made a ton of hustle plays to keep ND possessions alive. The most notable play was Pflueger keeping the ball alive to Beachem with 20 seconds left to avoid BC getting the ball with a chance to tie or win.
– This was briefly mentioned during the broadcast, but I think playing in a 1/4 full stadium is a home-court advantage in of itself. In a letdown situation, the Irish were lulled to sleep and it took until the second half for them to wake up. Similar to how Northwestern home games at 11 a.m. CT have one of the biggest winning percentages of any homefield advantage.
– Another factor in last night’s game is ND playing tight. BC is a team who went 0-18 in conference last year and currently reside in last place, so when they get out to an early lead, the tendency would be to try and force things. There is a type of pressure playing in a game everyone expects you to win, especially when things aren’t clicking early.
– The eight-day break following Saturday’s N.C. State game couldn’t come at a better time for Notre Dame. With the seven man rotation, fatigue is ND’s biggest threat. Tuesday’s game was their fourth in 10 days. Early in the first half, most Irish shots were coming up short – a sure sign of fatigue.
– To that end, Vasturia is eight for his last 39 from three (20.5%).
– Farrell was at his best last night. It was a glimpse into his elite play from early in the season, he didn’t force anything and hit timely shots when the Irish needed it most.
– Colson was named National Player of the Week after his impressive performances against Wake and Florida State last week. The junior continued his elite play with 20 points and six rebounds vs BC, a place where is father was an assistant under Al Skinner.
– BC is trending in the right direction. Jim Christian is a good coach and has a very young team who can clearly score the ball. The Eagles will be out of the ACC basement within the next year or two.
– Despite being 5-13 from the field and missing some open opportunities, V.J. Beachem got the job done on the glass with eight rebounds.
– The ESPN broadcast last night came from a remote location at the ESPNU studio in Charlotte. For a company that spends billions of dollars for television rights, it’s amazing that they can’t afford to send two broadcasters to Boston, not exactly a tough place to get to.
– The telecast had obvious shortcomings because of the remote broadcast. There were a few times, the play-by-play man couldn’t tell what the call was because the ref was out of the picture frame and the audio was just unnatural without the background of the stadium atmosphere.
– The Irish currently reside in sixth place in the ACC, but will move into fifth after Wednesday’s Duke-Virginia game.