Notre Dame rallies from 12 down, defeat Michigan 70-63 in first round of NCAA Tournament.

Notre Dame rallies from 12 down, defeat Michigan 70-63 in first round of NCAA Tournament.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Like so many times before, Zak Irvin wanted the ball in his hands with the game on the line.

Down 66-63, Irivn went up for the game tying three to keep Michigan's NCAA Tournament hopes alive.

This time, however, Irvin’s late game heroics didn’t come through for the Wolverines as his shot clanked off the rim. Notre Dame would hit its foul shots down the stretch run, defeating Michigan 70-63 to advance to Sunday’s second round match up with Stephen F. Austin. 

"Our play broke down," Irvin said. "It was intended for me. I just got the ball in my hands late. I wanted to take the shot. I haven't been afraid to take that shot (all season). I love that moment. It felt good coming off, but obviously it was short."

Irvin struggled throughout. He made 4-of-16 shots, including 1-of-9 from 3s. He finshed with nine points.

V.J. Beachem’s 18-points led Notre Dame, with Bonzie Colson adding 12. Irish big man Zach Auguste finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Notre Dame (22-11) shot 58.3 percent from the floor, while Michigan finished 39.7.

Beachem took over down the stretch for Irish. He hit a key three pointer and followed it up with a baseline step back jumper to put ND up 64-59 with 3:01 remaining.

"You have to credit them," Michigan coach John Beilein said. "The way they came out in the second half. ... They took us out of our comfort zone."

U-M’s Mark Donnal lay in cut the Irish lead to 64-61 with under two minutes remaining.

Colson’s offensive board put back extended ND’s lead to 66-61. Irivn countered with a lay in to make it 66-63 with 1:01 remaining.

Beachem’s three-pointer gave Notre Dame its first lead with 9:21 left in the first half, capping off a 22-7 run for the Irish to start the second half.

Michigan, however, quickly countered with a Muhammad-Ali Adbur-Rahkman and Irvin 3s, which put U-M up 54-51 with 8:13 remaining.

Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman led Michigan with 15 points, with 12 coming in the first half.

Michigan led 41-29 at the half.

Notre Dame finished 8-of-15 from 3s, while the Wolverines finished 10-of-27.  

Freshman Moriitz Wagner, once again, provided a spark off the bench. He ignited the Wolverines with a dunk, and finished the first half with lay in that rolled around the rim as the buzzer sounded for halftime. 


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