New Haven’s Beachem keys Irish win over Duke

Notre Dame forward V.J. Beachem (3) reacts during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament against Duke, Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Washington. Notre Dame won 84-79 in overtime. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) – Looking exhausted down the stretch, 19th-ranked Duke gave away a 16-point, second-half lead against Notre Dame and lost to the Fighting Irish 84-79 in overtime in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals Thursday.
V.J. Beachem scored 19 points, including a couple of key 3s late in the second half, for fourth-seeded Notre Dame (21-10), which also beat Duke a year ago en route to winning the league tourney and earlier this season at Cameron Indoor Stadium. In all, the Fighting Irish have won five of the teams’ last six meetings.
Grayson Allen led defending national champion Duke (23-10) with 27 points, but there wasn’t much help, in part because of foul trouble for an already thin rotation.
On Friday, Notre Dame will take on No. 7 North Carolina, the team it beat in last season’s conference tournament final.

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