Gibbs scores with 0.1 seconds left, Irish beat BC 62-61

Chase for the Championship

Boston College guard Jared Hamilton (3) tries to stop Notre Dame forward John Mooney, right, on a drive to the basket during the first half of an NCAA men’s college basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON (AP) — John Mooney scored 22 points with 12 rebounds, and T.J. Gibbs flipped in the game-winner with 0.1 seconds left to help Notre Dame beat Boston College 62-61 in an Ash Wednesday matchup of the longtime Catholic school rivals.

BC led by as many as 10 points in the first half and had the lead with 8 seconds remaining when Jay Heath made a scoop shot over Mooney from the lane — one of five lead changes in the final four minutes. But Prentiss Hubb brought the ball down, ran into a dead end at the free-throw line and then slid the ball to Gibbs, who got the shot off in time.

The Fighting Irish (18-10, 9-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their third straight game since losing to No. 7 Duke on Feb. 15. They also avoided a losing two games to Boston College (13-16, 7-11) in the same season for the first time ever.

Steffon Mitchell had 12 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for BC.

The Eagles led by as many as 10 points in the first half and still held a 55-49 edge with eight minutes left before Nate Laszewski made a 3-pointer and then a layup to make it a one-point game. It was 57-54 when Mooney made one of two free throws and then, after two misses at the BC end, Hubb hit a 3-pointer to give the Irish their first lead of the half.

The Irish led 60-59 when BC’s Julian Rishwain dove to the floor to grab a loose ball; he was tied up, but the possession arrow gave the ball to the Eagles and Heath gave BC the lead.

BUZZER BEATER

BC scored 10 straight points late in the first half to turn a tie game into a 37-27 lead.

The Eagles still led by 10 when they tried to inbound the ball near midcourt with 1.6 seconds left in the half. But the pass was picked off by Rex Pflueger, who took a step, hopped from behind the half-court line and banked in a basket at the buzzer to make it 41-34.

It was 45-36 when the Irish ran off seven points in a row and eventually made it a one-point game.

BIG PICTURE

Notre Dame: The Irish started 2-5 in the ACC and are now above .500 as the make a case for the NCAA tournament.

Boston College: The Eagles had lost 13 in a row to the Irish before winning 73-72 in South Bend on Dec. 7. BC was without Jairus Hamilton and lost CJ Felder to a chest injury in the first half. The Eagles are guaranteed a losing record in the ACC for a ninth straight season.

UP NEXT

Notre Dame: At Wake Forest on Saturday.

Boston College: Hosts Syracuse on Tuesday night.

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