Notre Dame survives scare from Northeastern

Published 8:25 am Friday, March 20, 2015

PITTSBURGH — Notre Dame survived an upset bid by Northeastern to advance to the third round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Thursday.

The Fighting Irish (29-5) let an 11-point second half lead slip away in the closing minutes as the Huskies cut the lead to 67-65 with 32 seconds remaining on a Scott Eatherton basket.

Zach Auguste, who finished with 25 points and five rebounds, hit both free throws with two seconds remaining to seal the victory. Auguste was 10-of-14 from the field and 5-of-7 at the free throw line for the Fighting Irish.

Notre Dame, which will face the winner of the Butler-Texas game Saturday, also got 17 points from Jerian Grant and nine points each from Demetrius Jackson and Pat Connaughton.

Eatherton led the Huskies (23-11) with 18 points. David Walker added 15 points.

Notre Dame was 27-of-48 (56 percent) from the field and Northeastern was 27-of-55 (49 percent).

The Fighting Irish were outrebounded by the Huskies 30-16.


NCAA Second Round

At Pittsburgh



Northeastern 65

Zach Stahl 8, Scott Eatherton 18, Quincy Ford 9, T.J. Williams 7, David Walker 15, Reggie Spencer 8, Caleb Donnelly 0. TOTALS: 27 8-10 65

Notre Dame 69

Zach Auguste 25, Jerian Grant 17, Steve Vasturia 3, Demetrius Jackson 9, Pat Connaughton 9, Austin Torres 2, Bonzie Colson 4. TOTALS: 27 13-18 69

Halftime score: Notre Dame 31, Northeastern 65. Shooting: Northeastern 27-of-55 (49 percent), Notre Dame 27-of-48 (56 percent). Total fouls (fouled out): Northeastern 12 (none), Notre Dame 13 (none). Records: Northeastern 23-11, Notre Dame 29-45