On a day where upsets ran wild across the NCAA National Championship Tournament, the Michigan Wolverines failed to complete their bid for an upset over the six-seed Notre Dame Fighting Irish, as the Irish stormed back for a 70-63 victory at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
After building a 41-29 lead at the half, the Wolverines were unable to stop the Irish comeback.
Michigan came out firing right off the opening tip, scoring the first five points of the game. They used a 10-0 run in the first half to open up a 26-13 lead, as well as a 7-0 run to close out the half. Turnovers played an important role in the Wolverines big first half, as they forced Notre Dame to turn the ball over 10 times. The deep ball was also a factor, as Michigan connected on seven first-half triples.
Notre Dame came out a completely different team in the second half. After trailing by 12 at the break, they would score the first eight points to start the second stanza. The Irish took their first lead of the game on V.J. Beachem‘s three-pointer with 9:26 left in the game. From that point, there were five leads changes and three ties. Beachem hit another three with 4:24 left, giving Notre Dame a lead that they would not give up.
Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman lead the Wolverines with 15 points. Derrick Walton finished with 10 points, while no other Wolverine player struck double digits.
Beachem lead the Irish, chipping in 18 points (7-7 FG), including four three-pointers. Notre Dame will now face Stephen F. Austin on Sunday.