Notre Dame Beats Steph. F. Austin to Advance to Sweet 16

With 1.5 seconds left, a tip-in kept Notre Dame alive in the NCAA  Tournament and ripped the hearts out of Stephen F. Austin University in an intense second round game in Brooklyn on Saturday, March 19. The Lumberjacks had the lead for the final 3:30 before Notre Dame’s freshman guard, Rex Pflueger tipped in the Fighting Irish’s third attempt as a game winner, explained ncaa.com.

On the other side of the bracket, Stephen F. Austin accomplished one of Friday’s many thrilling upsets, defeating the number 3 seed, West Virginia, by a considerable margin. The Lumberjacks, before their loss, took a 21 game winning streak, longest in the nation, stated campusinsiders.com.

“Their point guard, Walkup, I don’t know what his first name is. He can score,” Notre Dame forward, Bonzie Colson said, referring to Steph. F. Austin.

The biggest play of the game was when Walkup missed a runner on the latest possession, Notre Dame’s Demetrius Jackson missed a jumped shot on the other end. Auguste hustled for Jackson’s miss with a failed putback, but Pflueger put in the second effort off the backboard with his right hand to earn the win, wrote ncaa.com.

“I saw the ball coming off and I just attacked it,” Pflueger stated. “Luckily, it went in.”

The Fighting Irish will travel to Philadelphia to face No. 7 Wisconsin, Friday, March 25 at 7:27 p.m. Last season, Notre Dame lost to Kentucky in the final seconds of its Elite 8 matchup. The Irish are one of six ACC teams still alive in the tournament, according to nydailynews.com.

“My pregame speech was: we have our March Madness Mojo back,” Notre Dame coach, Mike Brey stated. “I saw it in the second half against Michigan Friday night. We had that look, ‘We gonna get it somehow.’ “