Live updates: Notre Dame loses to Virginia Tech in ACC tournament
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are the No. 2 seed in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament as they take on No. 7 Virginia Tech in Thursday night's quarterfinals.
The Irish (22-9 overall, 11-5 in conference) won six of their last eight regular-season games. Blake Wesley leads the Irish in scoring (14.8), followed closely by Dane Goodwin (14.0, 64 3-pointers on 44.8% accuracy). Paul Atkinson averages 12.6 points and a team-leading 7.1 rebounds.
The Hokies (20-12) advanced Wednesday night on Darius Maddox's buzzer-beating 3-pointer against Clemson. They have won four of their past five games. Keve Aluma leads Virigina Tech in scoring (15.5, along with 6.7 rebounds) and Justyn Mutts leads in rebounding (7.6, along with 10.3 points).
Virginia Tech beat Notre Dame 79-73 on Jan. 15.
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Final: Virginia Tech 87, Notre Dame 80
Keve Aluma scores 20 points and four other Virginia Tech players score double figures. Justyn Mutts has 11 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 3 blocked shots.
Prentiss Hubb scores 23 and Cormac Ryan 20 for the Fighting Irish. Nate Laszewski has 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Both teams shoot over 50% and ND cuts down on its turnovers in the second half, finishing with 12. However, the Irish never got into position to tie or take the lead.
Notre Dame (22-10) awaits its NCAA tournament assignment on Sunday night.
Notre Dame battles Virginia Tech in the closing minutes
Hubb's layup makes it 79-75 with 50 seconds to go.
Ryan hits a 3 to keep ND within 79-71 with 1:20 to go.
Storm Murphy hits a couple of 3s — one of them at the shot clock buzzer — to keep VT ahead.
2:57 left 2H: Virginia Tech 73, Notre Dame 68
The Irish — who have trailed by 16 — had opportunities to cut it to a one-possession game. Dane Goodwin has all 11 of his points in the second half. Nate Laszewski has 12.
7:46 left 2H: Virginia Tech 64, Notre Dame 55
Keve Aluma leads the Hokies with 15 points. Prentiss Hubb leads the Irish with 16 points.
Cormac Ryan's free throws with 10:21 remaining cut the Irish deficit to 58-50, the first time under 10 points since it was 21-12.
11:49 left 2H: Virginia Tech 56, Notre Dame 46
Dane Goodwin's first points of the game come with 12:20 to go on a layup.
15:20 left 2H: Virginia Tech 51, Notre Dame 38
Cormac Ryan is hot to start the second half, and he has 13 points. However, the Irish can't get the deficit below double digits.
Notre Dame shakes up lineup to start the second half
Goodwin picks up a foul on VT's first play of the second half.
Halftime: Virginia Tech 42, Notre Dame 31
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Prentiss Hubb has 13 points and Blake Wesley 7, but the Irish are shooting poorly (42.9%), defending poorly and turning over the ball (10 turnovers, leading to 14 VT points).
Sean Pedulla 11 has points and Keve Aluma has 9 for Virginia Tech (50% from the field).
3:41 left 1H: Virginia Tech 37, Notre Dame 22
The Hokies are cooling off a little, but the Irish are also cold (6-of-18 from the field, 2-of-8 on 3s) and have trouble holding onto the ball (8 turnovers).
7:45 left 1H: Virginia Tech 33, Notre Dame 19
The Irish turn a steal into a Blake Wesley dunk, then VT commits a turnover heading into a timeout. Wesley matches Prentiss Hubb with 7 points. Can ND turn that into energy?
9:42 left 1H: Virginia Tech 29, Notre Dame 14
It's getting worse for the Irish, who call a timeout.
11:09 left 1H: Virginia Tech 24, Notre Dame 12
Prentiss Hubb has 7 for the Irish, who can't stop the Hokies (7-of-11 from the field). Sean Pedulla has 8 points off the VT bench.
15:42 left 1H: Notre Dame stumbles out of the gate
The Hokies lead 12-4 and will be heading to the free throw line out of the timeout. VT is 5-of-6 from the field, while the Irish are 1-of-3 with 4 turnovers.
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