No. 5 Notre Dame fends off No. 12 Princeton

Notre Dame forward Bonzie Colson (35) shoots over Princeton’s Will Gladson (13) in the second half of the first-round of the NCAA Tournament at KeyBank Center.
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BUFFALO–Steve Vasturia made a free throw with 0.4 seconds left and No. 5 Notre Dame hung on to defeat No. 12 Princeton 60-58 on Thursday afternoon in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament at KeyBank Center.

Bonzie Colson scored 18 points for the Irish (26-9). Matt Farrell had 16 points and Vasturia added 10.

With 11 seconds left, Devin Cannady missed an open 3-pointer just before the final horn. Vasturia grabbed the rebound and was fouled on the play.

Spencer Weisz tallied 15 points for the Tigers (23-7). Steven Cook recorded 11 points and seven rebounds. Myles Stephens had 10 points.

Notre Dame blew an 11-point lead in the second half.

“No matter how it looked, we got the win and that’s all that matters,” Colson said.

The Fighting Irish snapped Princeton’s 19-game winning streak.

Notre Dame had a 59-54 lead with 1:10 remaining when Colson made a pair of free throws.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Rex Pflueger (0) shoots between Princeton Tigers guard Devin Cannady (3) and forward Pete Miller (31) in the second half during the first round of the NCAA Tournament at KeyBank Center.
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The Tigers scored the next two baskets. Pete Miller’s putback with 52 seconds left pulled the Tigers within three. Farrell missed his next shot and Miller’s tipin made it a one-point game.

Princeton missed five of their first six attempts through the first 5-1/2 minutes, with Weisz scoring the only basket.

The Fighting Irish shot 40.4 percent from the field, 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 66.7 percent from the free throw line.

The Tigers shot 38.6 percent from the field, 25.8 percent from 3-point range and went 6-for-6 from the line.

Notre Dame moves on and will face the winner of the WVU/ Bucknell game on Saturday.

 

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