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  • Georgia Tech head coach Josh Pastner, left, directs his team against Notre Dame during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

  • Georgia Tech's Jose Alvarado (10) shoots against Notre Dame's John Mooney (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

  • Georgia Tech's Abdoulaye Gueye (34) shoots over Notre Dame's John Mooney (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

  • Georgia Tech's Abdoulaye Gueye (34) shoots against Notre Dame's Juwan Durham (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

  • Notre Dame's Nate Laszewski (14) grabs a rebound in front of Georgia Tech's Khalid Moore (12) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

  • Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey directs his team against Georgia Tech during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

  • Notre Dame's Prentiss Hubb, left, drives past Georgia Tech's Jose Alvarado, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

  • FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2019, file photo, Boston College's Ky Bowman shoots over Notre Dame's Chris Doherty (15) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, in Boston. Bowman was named to the AP All-ACC team, Tuesday, March 12, 2019.(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

  • Notre Dame's Juwan Durham (11) blocks a shot by Georgia Tech's Jose Alvarado (10) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 5:30 pm

Notre Dame 78, Georgia Tech 71

Irish defeat Georgia Tech to break 7-game skid

STEVE REED | Associated Press

 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — John Mooney had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Notre Dame snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 78-71 win over Georgia Tech on Tuesday in the first round of the ACC Tournament.

Dane Goodwin added 15 points for the Irish, who nearly squandered a 20-point halftime lead.

Nate Laszewski had 14 points for the Irish before leaving late in the first half with a lower back bruise after landing hard on the floor.

It was Notre Dame's first victory since defeating the Yellow Jackets 69-59 in South Bend, Indiana, on Feb. 10 and only their fourth win of the calendar year.

Moses Wright led Georgia Tech (14-18) with 25 points and James Banks III had 12 points and 11 rebounds.

The Irish (14-18) didn't play like the last place team in the ACC in the first half, shooting 58 percent from the field and 7 of 11 from 3-point range to build a 52-32 lead over the 10th-seeded Yellow Jackets.

Georgia Tech picked up the intensity with full-court pressure in the second half and cut the Irish lead to six with 1:56 remaining on a 3-pointer from the left wing by Jose Alvarado. After an Irish miss, Moore sank a 3 from the right corner and the lead was suddenly down to 72-69 with 1:06 remaining.

But Mooney didn't panic, calmly drilling a 15-footer as the shot clock was winding down. Prentiss Hubb then sank two free throws after a Georgia Tech miss to put the Irish safely up by seven with 32 seconds left.

Michael Devoe cut the lead to five on a layup, but Juwan Durham blocked Devoe on the next possession to help seal the win.

BIG PICTURE

Notre Dame: Laszewski provided a big spark for the Irish early on. He was 4 of 6 from the field with three 3-pointers and had four rebounds before a collision with Georgia Tech's Brandon Alston under the basket. Laszewski remained on the court for several minutes before being helped to the locker room by trainers. X-rays on his back were negative, but he didn't return. If he can't play in the next round it could hinder the Irish.

Georgia Tech: It was a tough ending to a tough season for the Yellow Jackets, who won only six ACC games during the regular season. They played hard in the second half but the 20-point deficit was too much to overcome.

UP NEXT

Notre Dame: Moves on to face seventh-seeded Louisville on Wednesday night.

Georgia Tech: Season over.

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