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Notre Dame rallies to beat Wichita State in Maui Invitational final

NCAA Basketball: Maui Invitational-Wichita State at Notre Dame Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 13 Notre Dame Fighting Irish came back in the second half to defeat the No. 6 Wichita State Shockers 67-66 on Wednesday night at the Lahaina Civic Center to win the 2017 Maui Invitational Tournament.

The Irish had two looks at a possible win in the final 15 seconds. Matt Farrell had a driving layup blocked by Zach Brown, but after securing the rebound on a tie-up Notre Dame saw Martinas Geben flash open on an inbound play to draw a foul. Geben nailed both free throws with 2.3 seconds left to give Notre Dame the victory.

Maui Invitational finish

Place Team
Place Team
1st Notre Dame
2nd Wichita State
3rd Marquette
4th LSU
5th Michigan
6th VCU
7th Chaminade
8th California

Wichita State led for virtually the entire game, and built a 16-point lead just before the end of the first half. The Irish slowly but surely clawed their way back in the second half, pulling to within one point at various times in the final four minutes.

Shooting got Notre Dame back into it. After hitting just 40.7% of their shots in the first half, including 1-for-5 on threes, the Irish shot 14-for-24 (58.3%) in the second half to lead the comeback, including 3-for-7 from distance.

Geben made all five of his field goal attempts en route to 12 points.

Bonzie Colson led Notre Dame with 25 points and 11 rebounds in the loss. The senior forward averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds on 56.4% shooting in the three-game tournament.

Matt Farrell added 15 points on Wednesday for the Irish, and averaged 19.7 points per game in Maui.

Sophomore guard Landry Shamet, Wichita State’s second-leading scorer on the season, was held to 10 points in the Maui Invitational final, after scoring 42 points in the tournament’s first two games. But Shamet did dish out seven assists, and hit two mid-range jumpers in the final 90 seconds to give the Shockers some breathing room, each shot extending Wichita State’s advantage to three points.

Zach Brown led the Shockers with 14 points.

Wichita State returns home to host Savannah State next Tuesday, while Notre Dame is off until hosing Michigan State on Nov. 30 in the finale of the 14-game ACC-Big Ten Challenge.