Notre Dame completes stunning comeback to drop Duke

Tom Noie
South Bend Tribune

WASHINGTON –From seemingly one and done to won and not done.

Down by 16 points with 12 minutes remaining in the second half, No. 4 seed Notre Dame found a way to get it to overtime against No. 5 Duke Thursday in an Atlantic  Coast Conference tournament quarterfinals Thursday at Verizon Center.

Notre Dame advances to the tournament semifinal against North Carolina following an improbable 84-79 overtime win.

Irish power forward Zach Auguste finished with 19 points and a career-high 22 rebounds.

Steve Vasturia had a chance to win it with a runner down the baseline with five seconds remaining. Luke Kennard had a chance to win it at the buzzer but his runner didn't drop, and it was off to overtime.

It was Notre Dame's first overtime league tournament game since 2011 when it lost to Louisville in a Big East semifinal.

V.J. Beachem tied it at 70 with his second 3 in less than two minutes.

A wing 3 from Beachem capped a furious 19-2 run and gave the Irish a 67-66 lead with 2:34 remaining. Brandon Ingram answered with a 3 to push Duke back up.

Down by 16 points with under 12 minutes remaining and seemingly on the verge of getting run out of town, Notre Dame finally took a stand.

The Irish mustered stop after stop, got some good offense, rode some emotion and the energy of a crowd that suddenly became pro-Notre Dame.

Before anyone knew it, that 16-point deficit had evaporated after Notre Dame ran off 14 unanswered to get within two following an Auguste lay-in with 4:30 remaining.

Bonzie Colson delivered five points in the run.

The building suddenly had a lot of life. So did Notre Dame.

Deryck Thornton finally snapped the Duke scoreless streak with a pair of free throws following what looked like a clean Auguste block in transition. The officials thought otherwise.

Duke center Marshall Plumlee (40) and Notre Dame forward Zach Auguste (30) grab for the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)