NCAA Game Summary - Virginia Tech at Notre Dame
(Sunday, January 19th)
Final Score: Notre Dame 70, Virginia Tech 63
Notre Dame, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Pat Connaughton scored 21 points and
pulled down eight rebounds as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish captured a 70-63
win over the Virginia Tech Hokies in an Atlantic Coast Conference clash at
Also scoring in double figures for the Fighting Irish (11-7, 2-3 ACC) were
Demetrius Jackson and Eric Atkins with 13 and 12 points, respectively, as the
team snapped a three-game slide.
Losers of four straight and six of the last seven, the Hokies (8-9, 1-4) were
paced by Cadarian Raines and Devin Wilson who both tallied 20 points,
combining for 10 rebounds while the latter also handed out seven assists in
the setback. CJ Barksdale chipped in 12 points for the visitors.
Except for an early one-point lead for the Hokies, the game was pretty much in
the control of Notre Dame as the host moved out to a 39-24 advantage at the
break. The defense for the Irish held VaTech to only 1-of-5 shooting behind
the 3-point line through the first 20 minutes of action.
In the second half the Hokies closed the gap considerably, hitting on an
impressive 62.5 percent from the field, but after getting the deficit down to
only two points at 53-51 with under 10 minutes to play, the visitors backed
off and Notre Dame's lead ballooned to double figures once again.
The Irish made only 5-of-17 shots beyond the arc and 39.3 percent from the
floor after intermission, but it was enough to earn the team a much-needed
Virginia Tech finished the evening with 52.1 percent shooting from the floor,
but turning the ball over 17 times was too much to overcome.
During halftime, former head coach Digger Phelps was enshrined in Notre Dame's
Ring of Honor on the 40th anniversary of the program's epic victory over UCLA
(71-70), which snapped the record-setting 88-game win streak by the Bruins.
01/19 20:27:51 ET
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