Indiana stuns Notre Dame late in Crossroads Classic
Through a good portion of Saturday's in-state matchup, Notre Dame looked like it could keep Indiana at arm's length. Like last time these teams met in Indianapolis in 2015, the Irish were on the wrong side of a second half run.
“It’s just such key times where we gave up second shots," said Mike Brey. "Just key times. We were holding them off for most of the game but God you’ve got to get a couple more defensive rebounds and block-outs to get out of there.”
Indiana scored the final eight points of the second half, but Notre Dame still had a chance to win it at the line.
Two missed free throws from Austin Torres kept it tied, sending the game to overtime.
“We can’t dwell on it," Farrell said. "It is what it is. You can’t dwell on the past we told them to move on we told them we love them it’s not why we lost. One play doesn’t define the game. We didn’t make winning plays down stretch. That’s a game we should have won."
The Irish recaptured a lead in the extra period, but Juwan Morgan took over for the Hoosiers down the stretch, completing a 34-point performance with the final two buckets of the game.
“God did he beat us up and he was fabulous," said Brey. "Just a tough group, man they keep coming at your paint. They keep coming at your paint, the guards are driving the big guys are banging around there…. I like them.”
With Bonzie Colson's final heave going in-and-out, Notre Dame's hope for a signature non-conference win came up empty.
“It is what it is," said Farrell. "Like I said we didn’t make winning plays down the stretch which we usually do and we gotta use this as fuel we gotta find ourselves and we’re gonna practice hard."
For the third-straight year at the Crossroads Classic, a large lead turns into a loss for the Irish, who have now dropped three of their past five games.
Conference season is coming quickly as the Irish have two more chances to bounce back before ACC play begins, starting Tuesday against Dartmouth.