Colson’s monster game leads Irish over Dartmouth

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) – All-American Bonzie Colson had his 30th career double-double — a career-high 37 points with 11 rebounds — and Notre Dame held off Dartmouth 97-87 on Tuesday.
Fellow senior Matt Farrell added 22 points for the Irish (9-3), who fell out of the AP Top 25 for the first time this season following an 80-77 overtime loss to Indiana last Saturday. Rex Pflueger and Martinas Geben added 13 points each.
A pair of 3-pointers and eight points total by the 6-foot-6 Colson highlighted an 11-0 Irish run over 1:51 for a 44-33 lead, their largest of the first half. The Irish led 46-39 at halftime as Aaryn Rai buried his third 3-pointer and Dartmouth’s eighth 3 of the half that saw six ties and seven lead changes. Both teams shot over 50 percent, with the Big Green a sizzling 53.3 on 3-pointers.
The Irish hit nine of their first 12 shots of the second half and used a 13-6 run, highlighted by consecutive slams by Pflueger and Colson and ending with a 3-pointer by T.J. Gibbs, for a 66-50 lead with 12:06 remaining.
Miles Wright had 15 points on five 3-pointers to lead Dartmouth (3-6). Rai and Chris Knight scored 14 points apiece, Will Emery had 12 and Brendan Barry 10 with 12 rebounds.
Dartmouth: With a roster that includes five freshmen and five sophomores, the Big Green were picked to finish seventh in the eight-team Ivy League. The game with Notre Dame finished a 1-4 stretch away from home.
Notre Dame: After reaching No. 5 after winning the Maui Jim Maui Invitational, the Irish had lost three of their last five.
Dartmouth: Big Green return home to face Bryant Friday afternoon.
Notre Dame: Irish host Southeastern Louisiana Thursday night.