After falling in a heartbreaker in overtime to Indiana, Notre Dame was not going to let another disappointment happen with a much-needed 97-87 win over Dartmouth back home in South Bend.
Bonzie Colson led the charge for the Irish at home with a monster performance, finishing with a double-double consisting of 37 points and 11 rebounds along with 3 steals and 2 blocks in 37 minutes. Colson’s play on Tuesday night was incredible for the senior, shooting 15/21 from the field. Not only did Colson lead the team in scoring, he set a new career-high for his total points scored. The undisputed top performer for Notre Dame was Colson, who recorded his 7th double-double of the season.
“I just wanted to play my game and shoot the ball with confidence,” Colson said. “It was a bounce-back game so I wanted to bring everything we had.”
Matt Farrell also added 22 points, 6 assists, and 3 steals while Martinas Geben and Rex Pflueger each added 13 points apiece.
Colson not only had the best performance but was the forefront of an excellent overall team performance. The Fighting Irish shot 34-59 (57.6%) from the field, 8-20 (40.0%) from distance, and 21-24 (87.5%) from the charity stripe. Additionally, Notre Dame won the rebounding battle 35-25 with 8 coming on the offensive end and 27 from the defensive end. Everywhere else as a team, Notre Dame dished out 15 assists, stole the ball 10 times, and rejected 3 shots while only committing 15 turnovers. Needless to say, it was a fabulous all-around day for the team as a whole without having to even include Colson who had a monster game.
Moments that Mattered
Only up 82-79 with 4:36 left in the second half, Notre Dame was not taking any more chances of a last-second upset and took complete control of the game sparked by a 14-2 scoring run giving Notre Dame a large 95-81 lead with just 35 seconds left.
- Dartmouth knocked down 15 three-pointers, 7 more than Notre Dame
- Notre Dame was +13 on scoring from the free throw line
- Notre Dame outscored Dartmouth 46-39 in the first half and 51-48 in the second half
- 94 of Notre Dame’s 97 points came from their starting lineup
- Dartmouth used only 55 of their 87 points from their starting lineup
- Bonzie Colson played turnover-free basketball for the third time this season
- All three games were a win for the Fighting Irish
- Mike Brey now has 490 career wins, 10 shy of a milestone 500
Notre Dame will face SE Louisiana in a non-conference home game on Thursday at 7:00 PM Eastern.