John Heisler | February 27, 2017
Irish men’s basketball coach Mike Brey was absolutely thrilled his team returned to the court Sunday night at Purcell Pavilion after eight days between games.
After all, that’s a virtual lifetime for a college basketball team, with all sorts of opportunities for lost momentum for a team on a four-game Atlantic Coast Conference win streak.
When he viewed the final stats from Sunday night’s game against Georgia Tech, he might have wondered why his excitement level had been off the charts.
His Irish shot 35.1 percent from the field (lowest of the season for Notre Dame and only the second time this year Brey’s club has been under 40 percent).
His team saw the visitors make six more baskets and outrebound the Irish by seven. Captains V.J. Beachem and Steve Vasturia made only a half-dozen shots on 23 tries.
Take away Bonzie Colson (20 points, 10 rebounds) and Notre Dame knocked down only 12 of 43 shots (seven of 26 from three-point range).
That would seem like a recipe for disaster, yet somehow Notre Dame defeated Georgia Tech 64-60 Sunday night.
And somehow that was enough to move the Irish to 11-5 in ACC play.
It also allowed Notre Dame to bury whatever demons remained from a late January last-second loss at Georgia Tech in a defeat that might have been the most painful of the year for the Irish.