SOUTH BEND (AP) — Pat Connaughton scored 21 points, Demetrius Jackson added 13 and Notre Dame ended a three-game losing streak, beating Virginia Tech 70-63 Sunday night.
The Irish (11-7, 2-3 ACC) ended their losing streak on a night when former coach Digger Phelps was inducted into the school’s Ring of Honor on the 40th anniversary of his second-ranked Notre Dame squad beating UCLA 71-70 to end the Bruins’ 88-game winning streak. The Hokies (8-9, 1-4) lost their fourth straight and for the sixth time in seven tries.
The Hokies, who trailed by 15 at halftime, cut the lead to 53-51 when Devin Wilson hit a 3-pointer and followed that up with a free throw. But the Irish responded quickly with a pair of 3-pointers by Connaughton and Steve Vasturia.
The Hokies cut the lead to 68-63 with 20 seconds left on a free throw by Cadarian Raines, but couldn’t get any closer.
Raines and Wilson both had career-high 20 points for the Hokies. Leading scorer Jarell Eddie struggled for the Hokies for the second straight game, finishing with two points on 1-of-5 shooting. He was 1-of-6 shooting for three points in a loss to Clemson on Wednesday.
Eric Atkins added 12 points for the Irish, marking the seventh straight game that he scored in double figures. Garrick Sherman finished with eight points, ending a streak of 14 straight games scoring in double figures.