A seemingly comfortable 16-point lead in the second half didn’t last. Foul trouble, fatigue and a depleted bench eventually caught up with the Blue Devils, and Notre Dame climbed its way out of a deficit to take them out 84-79 in overtime Thursday in the ACC tournament quarterfinals.
This Fighting Irish got back into it with a 14-0 run late in the second half, helped by some major blocks from Zach Auguste that changed the momentum. Duke never could respond in the way it hoped, going just 2-for-17 to finish regulation.
Auguste led the charge for the Irish, finishing with 19 points and 22 rebounds.
“Today was the ultimate backs against the wall,” Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said.
After barely beating North Carolina State 92-89 in its first tournament game on Wednesday, both Brandon Ingram and Grayson Allen were asked about being tired. If all went according to plan, Duke would play four games in…