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NCAA Game Summary - Virginia Tech at Notre Dame



(Sunday, January 19th)

Final Score: Notre Dame 70, Virginia Tech 63

Notre Dame, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Pat Connaughton scored 21 points and pulled down eight rebounds as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish captured a 70-63 win over the Virginia Tech Hokies in an Atlantic Coast Conference clash at Purcell Pavilion.

Also scoring in double figures for the Fighting Irish (11-7, 2-3 ACC) were Demetrius Jackson and Eric Atkins with 13 and 12 points, respectively, as the team snapped a three-game slide.

Losers of four straight and six of the last seven, the Hokies (8-9, 1-4) were paced by Cadarian Raines and Devin Wilson who both tallied 20 points, combining for 10 rebounds while the latter also handed out seven assists in the setback. CJ Barksdale chipped in 12 points for the visitors.

Except for an early one-point lead for the Hokies, the game was pretty much in the control of Notre Dame as the host moved out to a 39-24 advantage at the break. The defense for the Irish held VaTech to only 1-of-5 shooting behind the 3-point line through the first 20 minutes of action.

In the second half the Hokies closed the gap considerably, hitting on an impressive 62.5 percent from the field, but after getting the deficit down to only two points at 53-51 with under 10 minutes to play, the visitors backed off and Notre Dame's lead ballooned to double figures once again.

The Irish made only 5-of-17 shots beyond the arc and 39.3 percent from the floor after intermission, but it was enough to earn the team a much-needed victory.

Virginia Tech finished the evening with 52.1 percent shooting from the floor, but turning the ball over 17 times was too much to overcome.

During halftime, former head coach Digger Phelps was enshrined in Notre Dame's Ring of Honor on the 40th anniversary of the program's epic victory over UCLA (71-70), which snapped the record-setting 88-game win streak by the Bruins.

01/19 20:27:51 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
11th
DUR 3
SWB 1
 
8th
NYM 1
PIT 4
 
8th
PHI 1
WAS 2
 
7th
TEX 8
NYY 4
 
8th
SEA 4
TOR 1
 
7th
HOU 2
DET 3
 
6th
BAL 6
MIA 3
 
6th
CIN 2
CLE 5
 
5th
ANA 11
BOS 3
 
6th
OAK 1
TAM 3
 
5th
MIL 10
ATL 0
 
4th
MIN 2
CWS 0
 
3rd
SFG 1
COL 0
 
3rd
STL 0
KAN 5
 
9:40pm Tonight
CHC
ARI
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
LOS
2nd
CLE 35
ATL 27
 
2nd
NYR 1
TAM 0
 
11th
DUR 3
SWB 1