Notre Dame came back from a 21 point second half deficit to stun Virginia Tech 71-65 in round 2 of the ACC Tournament. It was a seesaw battle with no team taking control. The score was tied at 15 midway through the first half. The Hokies tightened their defense and went on a 12-2 run over the next five minutes to take a 27-17 lead. Virginia Tech continued their solid play on both ends and led 34-21 at the half.
The second half did not start off well for the Fighting Irish. The Hokies quickly scored the first four points of the second half prompting a Notre Dame timeout. It did not help as Virginia Tech kept the pressure on and had it’s biggest lead at 47-26 with 15 minutes to go. Notre Dame refused to go quietly into the night. They would cut 10 points off that lead over the next five minutes. After a technical foul on Virginia Tech, Notre Dame made two free throws to get within 4 points. With 1:56 left, the comeback was complete when the Fighting Irish took a 60-59 lead. Free throws sealed the victory.
Notre Dame was led by Matt Farrell, who poured in 22 points and 5 assists. Rex Pflueger had 14 points and 9 rebounds, TJ Gibbs chipped in 13 points and 7 assists, while Bonzie Colson contributed 12 points and 7 rebounds. Next up for Notre Dame is Duke.