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Notre Dame Beats Florida State, 77-73

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Notre Dame senior guard Steve Vasturia led the Irish past second-seeded FSU.
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Notre Dame is heading back to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game for the second time in three years.

The third-seeded Irish opened up a big first half held on in the second half, defeating second-seeded Florida State 77-73 on Friday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Head coach Mike Brey’s team now faces fifth-seeded Duke on Saturday in the title game. That game will begin at 9 p.m. and be broadcast on ESPN.

Notre Dame led by as many as 18 points Friday, but Florida State trimmed the deficit to as few as five points with under a minute to play. Despite going just 8-of-13 from the line, the Irish were able to hold on.

Senior guard Steve Vasturia led the way for Notre Dame (25-8). He scored 18 points and made 4-of-5 3-pointers as the Irish shot 47 percent from the field.

Notre Dame made 13-of-27 3-pointers, while the Seminoles were just 5-of-15 from long range. The Irish led 42-26 at the half, forcing 10 turnovers.

Junior forward Bonzie Colson had 18 points and six rebounds. Junior guard Matt Farrell added 15 points and six assists. Sophomore wing Matt Ryan made 3-of-4 3-pointers and finished with 11 points off the bench.

Notre Dame lost its only matchup against Duke this season, an 84-74 defeat Jan. 30 in South Bend.


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