Notre Dame’s bid for a second Atlantic Coast Conference title in three years fell a bit short Saturday.
Freshman forward Jayson Tatum made several key plays on both ends to lead fifth-seeded Duke over third-seeded Notre Dame 75-69 at the Barclays Center, overcoming an eight-point second-half deficit.
Notre Dame junior forward Bonzie Colson had perhaps his best game of the season, finishing with 29 points and nine rebounds.
Tatum finished with 19 points, including 12 in the second half. After Colson tied the game at 65-65 on a 3-pointer with 2:27 left, Tatum made one free throw, blocked a shot defensively and then hit a layup to make it 68-65 with 1:35 remaining.
Duke becomes the first team to win four ACC tourney games in four days. Head coach Mike Krzyzewski now has the most ACC Tournament championships of all time (14).
Senior wing V.J. Beachem added 15 points for the Irish. Junior guard Matt Farrell had 13 points and seven assists.
Duke shot 61 percent from the field, while Notre Dame shot just 40 percent. Notre Dame out-rebounded Duke 33-30 and forced 12 turnovers, turning those into 20 points.
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