Seniors Go Out In Style

Irish claim sixth straight victory, virtually assuring a double-bye in next week’s ACC tournament in Brooklyn.

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – V.J. Beachem played his last game in Purcell Pavilion Wednesday night.

It appears he’s going to miss the place.

Beachem scored 15 points in the first half on 6-of-9 shooting from the field and 3-of-5 from three-point range and finished with 22 points as Notre Dame inched closer to an ACC tournament double-bye with a 82-66 victory over Boston College.

Vasturia tossed in 10 points in his home finale, raising his career mark to 1,336, which is good for 28th on the all-time Irish scoring list.

Bonzie Colson notched his 11th double-double in 17 ACC games, scoring 18 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Matt Farrell finished with 12 points, reaching double-digit scoring for the 16th time in 17 ACC games.

Notre Dame trailed by seven in the first half, but a 17-2 run to close the final 20 minutes gave the Irish a 36-28 lead at the break.

Boston College pulled to within six in the second half, but Notre Dame’s lead was double-digits for the final 12:56.

Beachem and Vasturia took their final bows in front of the Notre Dame home crowd following the victory. They’ve been two of the driving forces behind back-to-back Elite Eight trips, two- and three-year Notre Dame records for victories (57 and 79), and a total of 94 wins in four seasons.

“I want to thank the fans for supporting me and this team for the last four years,” Vasturia said. “It’s been an honor to represent this university. I’ve got the best coaches, the best teammates, and the student body has been great.”

Arm in arm with his teammates, Beachem said: “These guys are like true blood brothers to me.”

Irish head coach Mike Brey was pleased with his seniors’ curtain call.

“It couldn’t have gone any better,” said Brey of the home finale. “V.J. and Steve played well. The atmosphere was great.”

Notre Dame turned the basketball over just six times to Boston College’s 14.

Ky Bowman, who lit up Notre Dame for 29 points two weeks ago, finished with 19 points for Boston College. 

Notre Dame (23-7, 12-5) closes the regular season Saturday at Louisville’s Yum Center. Boston College (9-21, 2-15) has lost 13 straight.


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