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Notre Dame Basketball

Beachem Locked In for Senior Night

March 1, 2017

VJ Beachem grew up watching Notre Dame and was an Irish fan throughout his life. The chance to play basketball in South Bend was a dream come true for the senior forward, but on Wednesday, Beachem will play his last game at Purcell Pavilion.

“It’s been great,” Beachem stated on Tuesday. “Pretty much all my family and friends have been able to come to home games. The success we have had in this stadium. I have great bragging rights over a lot of friends I have grown up with.”

It’s just our last home game. Hopefully, we have plenty of games left in an Irish uniform. - VJ Beachem
Notre Dame finds itself in a second-place tie in the ACC entering Wednesday’s game against Boston College, but don’t expect the Irish to be caught looking ahead.

“The possibilities are in front of us, but we want to take it day by day,” explained Beachem. “We want to get a win on Wednesday and worry about things from there. The opportunity is in everyone’s head right now.”

The Irish know firsthand the Eagles can give them a game as Notre Dame won a tight game earlier this season at Boston College 84-76. Notre Dame found themselves down double-digits and had to use a second half comeback to knock off the Eagles. Beachem expects the Irish to be locked in and will have some help from the home crowd too.

“We have to come out locked in from the get-go,” stated Beachem. “It took us a while to settle in the game and really 20 minutes to settle in last time. Hopefully, we can come out and get to a great start. There should be a lot of great energy in here with it being Senior Night.”

Boston College point guard will have Notre Dame’s full attention on Wednesday, and the goal for the Irish is to see him not put up 29 points, nine rebounds, and three assists this time around.

“They have great guard play, the freshman Bowman is a great point guard,” Beachem explained. “They can get out in transition, and they can score the ball. We are going to have to be great in transition defense.”  

Steve Vasturia will join Beachem in the Senior Night festivities, and the two are looking forward to playing more games together away from Purcell Pavilion over the next few weeks.  

“We are two big-time competitors, and there isn’t anyone I’d rather share the court with than Steve,” said Beachem. “You can’t be fooled by his quiet demeanor. He’s as tough and gritty as anyone I’ve met in my life.

“It’s just our last home game. Hopefully, we have plenty of games left in an Irish uniform.”
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