The Fighting Irish keep their postseason bid alive, for now at least. The Irish pulled off the late game-winning heroics with a game-clinching floater. The Play itself was very dramatic. It would be a surprise if Irish fans still had nails left after this game.
Nail biting ending
With 8.4 seconds left Boston College drives into the teeth of the Notre Dame defense and hits a layup to take the lead. It’s time for the Irish to answer and boy did they.
Prentis Hubb takes the basketball down the court. A screen set for Hubb as a goes into the lane, he then drew the double team and makes a beautiful bounce pass to TJ Gibbs, who found himself open from five feet in the soft zone defense. And with a beautiful floater gets the bucket with time running down. Boom goes the dynamite and the Irish get the win.
In the post game discussion Tj Gibbs commented on the game winning play to the associated press. “He had two guys on him,” Gibbs said. “We had some sort of telepathy, because he saw it immediately. We made eye contact, and he threw it right away. That was all for him. I was just in the right spot at the right time.” The senior guard has made plays and compiled 1500 plus points through 130 games. Prentiss Hubb knew who to give it to in that situation, and Gibbs delivered. Gibbs leadership and clutch shot has kept their post-season hopes alive.
What went wrong
Notre Dame was not playing that well in the first half. Both offensively and defensively the Irish were very cavalier. The Irish Defense allowed 41 points in the first half. Boston College could not be stopped inside the paint last night. And the close outs on shooters were not that great either.
John Mooney has to be Mr. Double-Double. He seems to always carry this team in their time of need. Mooney is very underrated in that aspect. He has 23 double-doubles this season. Tonight he dropped 22 points and 12 boards. And he kept the Irish close to only a ten point game in the first-half.
The whole game seemed to shift in the Irish favor during the dying seconds of the first half.
Off the set inbounds play Rex Pflueger gets the steal. BC designed flair in this play certainly didn’t go as planned. Pflueger had the awareness to see how much time is on the clock, and with a gather move flicks the basketball from way down town. As time expires, the ball magically drops down in the basket. This play changed the game because his teammates fed off of this energy.
Call it a comeback
The Irish defense in the second half tightened up. They held Boston College to 20 points in the second half. By the end of the game the Irish had 11 steals. The board battle evened up in the second half.
Laszewski was also a key factor for the Irish. Although he only scored 10 points in 23 minutes of work, all while shooting shot three for six from the field, he also had five assists and one steal. Laszewski also grabbed four defensive rebounds, which helped rally the team and kept BC off the score board m
What this means in the long run
Notre Dames record in the ACC did not start off in the greatest way. They started the 2020 campaign two and five. And somehow turned the tide to an above 500 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference. This is a tremendous feat. They completely turned their season around and now have a case to make the tournament.