Score: Notre Dame 65, Villanova 60
Star(s): Notre Dame: Jack Cooley 17 Pts, 16 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl.
Story: Despite a 13-minute stretch without a made 2-point field goal, the Irish remained in the game, thanks to their clutch shooting from beyond the arc (9-21).
Cooley, along with freshman forward Cameron Biedscheid (18 points) anchored Notre Dame's offense and countered Villanova's success in the paint, led by forward Mouphtaou Yarou. Notre Dame's accuracy from downtown led the Irish to the victory over the evenly matched, red-hot Villanova Wildcats.