We have our first thrilling finish of the 2017 NCAA Tournament, and it came in the first game.
Notre Dame, the No. 5 seed in the West Region, survived 12th-seeded Princeton, 60-58 in Buffalo. The Fighting Irish couldn’t shake the Tigers all game, and needed a missed three in the final seconds to clinch the win.
Princeton had a chance to spring the upset after Notre Dame guard Matt Farrell missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 10 seconds remaining. However, Devin Cannady’s three-pointer was off the mark.
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Notre Dame’s Steve Vasturia rebounded and hit a free throw for the final point of the game.
The Irish were aided by Princeton shooting just 8-of-31 from three-point range. Star forward Bonzie Colson led the way with 18 points, while Farrell added 16 and Vasturia chipped in 10.
Notre Dame now takes on the winner of Bucknell-West Virginia.