On a wild day of upsets, Notre Dame survives to advance

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Notre Dame forward Zach Auguste slams home two of his 25 points in a 69-65 win over Northeastern in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

PITTSBURGH – His madness for the day was done. But it was just beginning for the rest of college basketball.

On the podium inside the Consol Energy Center, Mike Brey was told of an upset that hit a bit close to home for his Fighting Irish.

Third-seed Iowa State lost by one point to 14th-seeded UAB in the first upset of the 2015 NCAA Tournament. It was a back-and-forth game which the Dragons rallied late for a victory.

“A 3 lost, yeah,” said Brey when told about UAB’s win. “I told the people in the holding area, they took the bullet, not us.”
Barely. It was Notre Dame who was nearly the first upset on a wild day of basketball.
Brey watched his third-seeded Irish drop an 11-point lead with four minutes to go against 14th-seeded Northeastern and then have to hold on in the final seconds. Only a late turnover and a pair of free throws allowed his Notre Dame team to escape with a 69-65 win.
“And I tell you what, we gave a show the first game of the tournament, didn’t we?,” said a good-spirited Brey after the near-upset. “That was the first game of the tournament. Good for ratings, just like CBS wanted. I’m coachable. I’m coachable.
"But I'm glad that this 3 escaped and we'll go back and get some rest and we're thrilled to be playing here on Saturday."
They'll face the Butler Bulldogs in the Round of 32 in Pittsburgh on that day after picking up their first tournament win since 2011. Did it take the "Luck of the Irish" to advance? We'll if you look at the day of basketball as a whole then yes.
After Iowa State lost fellow No. 3 seed Baylor was knocked off in spectacular fashion in Jacksonville by Georgia State. Hobbled Panthers head coach Ron Hunter, who was injured celebrating his team's conference tournament title, watched his son RJ hit a 30-foot three-pointer to beat the Bears 57-56.
Notre Dame reversed that script against Northeastern by making the big play instead of their upstart opponent. The Huskies had the ball down two in the closing seconds but never got a shot up as the Irish defense stiffened. Jerian Grant got Northeasterns' Quincy Ford stopped in his tracks with the ball and poked it out.
Zach Auguste got the loose ball and was immediately fouled. He sealed the win with a pair of free throws to finish off his game-high 25 point evening.
"I just needed to step up and knock these two down so we can be in a place where we don't have to worry too much," said Auguste of helping to deny the upset.
While it wasn't the prettiest of ways to start the tournament, the Irish weren't unhappy with the way they got the win. "Survive and Advance"? They're just fine with that.
"We played well. That's a really good team. They're coming off winning a championship.They play offense really well," said Grant, who scored 17 points in the win. "I think we defended the way we needed to and we ended up getting the win."
A few other No. 3 seeds couldn't say that.

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