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Notre Dame Basketball

Virginia Shuts Down Notre Dame 71-54

January 24, 2017

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame (17-4, 6-2) had yet to beat Virginia (16-3, 6-2) since joining the ACC in 2013 and after 40 minutes of physical basketball inside Purcell Pavilion on Tuesday night, the Irish are still searching for that win over the Cavaliers in league play after a 71-54 loss. 

"Loved that we gave a little run and we kept trying to chase it, but they seemed to make a big play or a big three and we missed some free throws that could have helped us too," said Irish head coach Mike Brey after the game. "It’s disappointing, but we have to move quick to the next one. They’re just a heck of a group and a heck of system and it kind of wore on us."

The London Perrantes hit his fifth three-point shot of the game and Isaiah Wilkins hit two free throws to complete a 7-0 run to give the Cavaliers a 64-51 lead with 3:37 remaining the game.

"I thought we were ready to play," said Brey. "I loved where we were at halftime. It’s the opposite of Saturday. We were going to have to make some stuff over the top. We made it Saturday and we didn’t make enough of them tonight.  You’re going to have to make some shots over the top."

The Irish struggled shooting the three-ball, as they hit just 17 percent (3-18) from long range.

"They’re a really good team on both sides of the ball," stated Beachem. "I think we got some great looks and great shots, especially to start the game. Usually we knock those down and they were the better team tonight. We have bounce back."

Perrantes led Virginia with 22 points and five boards, while Wilkins put up 13 points and nine rebounds on the night.

Notre Dame was beaten in several areas of the game, but the Irish were dominated on the glass and lost the second chance points battle 15-2.

Bonzie Colson led Notre Dame with 20 points and three rebounds. Steve Vasturia added 14 points, five boards and four assists. 

"They showed us we have to get a lot better," said Vasturia. "Coach mentioned it’s still the first half of the ACC season, so we have to learn from it. It’s a quick turnaround, so have to learn from it quick. I think the guys in this lockeroom want to turnaround and get back out there. No one wants to get beat like that."

Half number two started off with an offensive explosion as the teams 20 points in the first 4:17 of play. Beachem and Farrell completed three-point plays to cut into the Virginia lead, but Shayok or Wilkins answered to keep the Cavalier lead at 38-35.

It was somewhat of a slow second half, but Perrantes and Ty Jerome hit big three-pointers just over a minute a part to give Virginia a 53-44 lead with 7:54 to play.

The game started slowly as expected with the teams combining for just 15 points over the first five minutes of the contest. The both teams held each other scoreless for over two minutes before the Cavaliers hit five of seven shots to take a 14-7 lead with 11:25 left in the opening half.

Virginia would hold Notre Dame without a field goal from the 15:08 mark until the 9:24 mark in the first half. Farrell knocked home a jumper from the corner and then Vasturia nailed a triple from the right side to pull the Irish within 16:13 with 8:32 remaining in the half.

Colson got momentum back on the side of the Irish with seven straight points over the next 1:19, which included at three-point play to tie the game. However, Perrantes answered Colson with back-to-back three-pointers and Virginia continued to lead 22-20 with 3:10 to play.

Vasturia gave Notre Dame the lead at 26-25 with :51 seconds to play in the opening half, but then Shayok answered with a layup of his own to give the Cavaliers a 27-26 lead at the break.

Colson led the Irish with 14 points with Vasturia chipping in eight points, two rebounds and three assists. Perrantes dropped 10 points for the Cavaliers. Notre Dame was outrebounded by Virginia 17-12, but both teams shot 44 percent in the first half.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: London Perrantes. The senior guard scored 22 points and pulled down five boards. The 6-foot-2 guard hit timely shots, including five triples on the night.

STAT LINE OF THE GAME: Notre Dame lost the rebounding battle 37-22. Colson was held to just three rebounds, which is about eight below his season average.

TURNING POINT: With the Irish down six with just under five minutes to play, Virginia hit four free throws, a three-pointer and a jumper to extend to lead to 66-51 with 1:56 left to play.

WHAT’S NEXT: Notre Dame will travel to Georgia Tech on Saturday for a Noon tip on ESPNU.
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