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"We're thrilled to survive", Brey said in a CBS interview.

Henderson said the improving quality of basketball in the Ivy League is in part a product of more aspiring hoopsters seeing the virtue of developing their off-court selves as seriously as the top-end NCAA talent - the kind destined for the NBA draft - hones its on-court acumen. This is a big-time read awareness game.

Spencer Weisz led the Tigers with 15 points. Beachem combined to miss their first six shots. Princeton then fouled the usually-reliable Matt Farrell, but the Irish junior missed the front-end of a one-and-one to give the Tigers a chance to win it in the final seconds. Princeton connected for five threes but managed only 37.5 percent shooting overall.

Colson played with a contained fury, shrugging off the balky ankle to provide a vital inside presence in a clash of sound, similar fundamental teams that normally do much of their damage from the perimeter.

"He certainly was the difference", Brey said. Our driving opportunities at the right time have been really good. "They know how to calm their team down". We guard that every day in practice. Last season, they beat upstart Stephen F. Austin by one point in the second round, then made the regional final before losing to North Carolina by 14. And we got - this team has been punched in the face a little bit throughout the course of the season, but they always respond. And if you were a member of the Princeton Tigers, that one-or-the-other reality hit you in the pit of the stomach with the cruellest of force on Thursday afternoon. "We need to send a message to start this half".

Early on, it was clear that these two teams matched up similarly, especially as Notre Dame seemed to be playing at Princeton's tempo. His three three-points and 6-9 shooting was the Irish's biggest factor offensively.

But not a single thing came routinely after that.

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On the season, Notre Dame basketball is averaging 78.0 points, 33.8 rebounds and 16.0 assists per game.

No. 5 seed Notre Dame (25-9) vs. Princeton responded with a bucket to pull within three, and had the ball with 20 seconds left after Farrell couldn't connect on an elbow jumper.

After Princeton cut the Notre Dame lead to 55-54 on a Steven Cook three-pointer with 3:22 left, Notre Dame worked to get the ball to Bonzie Colson inside.

ORLANDO, Fla. - London Perranted had 24 points and Marial Shayok finished with 23 to help Virginia rally from a slow start.

The Irish can light up the scoreboard, and they'll do that against the undersized Tigers. "I'm really proud we're still alive", Fighting Irish coach Mike Brey said. It was a great look.

"To force them into 8-for-31 is a heck of a job by us". They will know they don't get any more chances from here on out, and if they don't get right back on track today their March Madness adventure could be over nearly before it's really got started. "And I thought that was the story of the game-they had a lot more experience in this moment, and it showed". The Fighting Irish did an excellent job of forcing errant passes from Princeton, a team that is accustomed to playing a slower brand of basketball than most teams in the field. Our numbers kept them under 40 (percent) even from the three-point line. But we can cherish the legacy that they leave us with.

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