Notre Dame hangs on to beat Princeton 60-58

Posted March 17, 2017

The loss snapped Princeton's 19-game winning streak. "We had two really good looks towards the end of the game with guys we want shooting the ball, but I'm proud of that team and I'm proud to be their coach".

March Madness tips off Thursday, March 16, with Notre Dame vs. Princeton, the first game of the 2017 NCAA tournament. Myles Stephens had 10 points, five rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots. "We need to send a message to start this half".

Notre Dame's Steve Vasturia pulled down the rebound, was fouled and made one free throw to set the final score.

We still await the first upset of this year's NCAA tournament, but don't worry. But the Tigers managed the pace of the game and held Notre Dame well below its season average of 78 points per game. They could have lost any of those games, and probably should have lost the last two, but they survived.

Cannady may not have put up the numbers, but he turned it on down the stretch as the Tigers climbed back into the game. Princeton took the lead 17-15 and forced the Irish to call a timeout with 11:26 to go.

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With games on all day and night on four different channels, everyone knows that the first two days of the NCAA men's basketball tournament are some of the best in the entire sports year. While they were able to make a few clutch corner threes in the first half, Princeton couldn't hit long range shots with consistency. "We've gottta be up on them and not sunk back in". As a standout at Marian, he was the star of the team before heading off to Princeton.

The narrative was already taking shape in V.J. Beachem's mind when the ball left Princeton guard Devin Cannady's hands.

Notre Dame led most of the way but after its lead grew to 12 in the second half, its offense went completely cold the rest of the way. Farrell scored seven points in the first four minutes of the half, and an emphatic dunk by Colson put the Irish up double digits. "That showed in the ACC Tournament that we became more detailed in that aspect of the game". Weisz's reverse layup at the 11:30 mark trimmed the lead to six, and it was evident that the frustration was mounting for the Irish.

CRAMMING: As if studying up on the Fighting Irish isn't enough, Princeton players have also spent the week prepping for midterms. "We just stole wins to get to the Elite Eight". Then the madness ensued. Certainly, he said, the defeat had something to do with Notre Dame's battle-tested, bullet-dodging track record. While this shot missed, Pete Miller cut through the defense and tipped it in, bringing the game to within one.

More than anything, though, Notre Dame permitted the Tigers some wiggle room to gun for a comeback, struggling to hit free throws. Defensively they are one of the best teams in the country in allowing just 61.6 points per game (10th best) and they force turnovers on 23 percent of their opponents possessions. Many people thought the same thing. Vasturia, the do-it-all guard, scored 10 points while grabbing eight boards, but did so on just 3-of-12 shooting.