Connaughton, an Arlington, Mass., native, went 7-of-14 from
the field and Eric Atkins had 16 points to go with five rebounds
and four assists for Notre Dame (14-12, 5-8 ACC). Zach Auguste
added 10 points and Tom Knight contributed 10 to go with a
team-high nine rebounds for the Fighting Irish, who won their
second straight game.
Olivier Hanlan scored 18 points and Ryan Anderson put up 11
alongside a game-high 11 rebounds for Boston College (6-19,
2-10). Joe Rahon chipped in with 13 points, four rebounds and
four assists off the bench, while Patrick Heckmann registered
eight points also in a reserve role for the Eagles.
A 3-pointer by Steve Vasturia staked Notre Dame to a nine-point
lead at the midway point of the second half but Boston College
battled back to within four points on two occasions. Auguste's
jumper made it 65-59 with 2:40 remaining and a layup by Garrick
Sherman made it a 10-point game in the final minute.
Hanlan scored on a layup and Heckmann nailed a 3-pointer to make
it 71-66 but after the Fighting Irish missed three straight free
throws, Sherman made a pair of ice the game. Connaughton led all
scorers with 11 points in the first half, including nine of the
first 11 points for Notre Dame, which led 38-35 at the break.
GAME NOTEBOOK: The Fighting Irish shot 6-of-13 from behind the
arc, while the Eagles managed 7-of-14. ... Auguste, who reached
a double-digit scoring total for the fifth time in his last six
games, is also a Massachusetts native, hailing from Marlborough.
... The teams combined to make 29-of-38 free throws.
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