Robby Hamman | November 24, 2017
No. 13/12 Notre Dame (6-0) pulled off a remarkable second-half comeback to defeat No. 6/6 Wichita State by a final score of 67-66 to win the Maui Invitational title.
After Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey drew up a perfect out of bounds play with three seconds left in the game, senior Martinas Geben was fouled and sent to the free-throw line. The senior big man sank both shots to deliver the Irish the championship in a game where they led for a combined 22 seconds.
The veteran trio of Geben, Bonzie Colson and Matt Farrell came up huge for Notre Dame on Wednesday evening, as all three finished with 12 or more points. Colson led the team with his fourth double-double of the season, scoring 25 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.
Farrell scored 15 points but made possibly the most important play of the night, stealing an inbounds pass and shoveling an assist to Colson to cut the Shockers lead to one and keep the comeback hopes alive with less than a minute remaining in regulation.
Farrell was also named the Maui Invitational MVP following the game. The senior averaged 19.7 points while shooting .500 percent from the field (20-of-40) and .476 from beyond the arc (10-of-21). Farrell also averaged 5.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.7 rebounds.
The Irish have now won back-to-back in-season tournaments, also winning the Legends Classic last season in Brooklyn.