LAHAINA, Hawaii, Sporting Alert – Bonzie Colson collected a double-double, Martinas Geben hit the winning free throws and No. 13 Notre Dame rallied from a double-digit deficit to beat No. 6 Wichita State 67-66 in the Maui Invitational championship game on Wednesday night.
The ACC Preseason Player of the Year Colson recorded his fourth double-double of the season with 25 points and 11 rebounds and Geben made two free throws with 2.3 seconds left and the Fighting Irish (6-0) recovered from a 16-point deficit to stay undefeated.
Notre Dame trailed by 14 at the halftime break.
“We fight, we give it all every game,” said Colson. “Wichita State hit some shots, but we kept our composure”
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Landry Shamet made a layup to put Wichita State ahead 66-63 with 33 seconds remaining, but Colson also converted a after a steal under the basket by Matt Farrell off a Wichita State inbound, to cut the deficit to one point with 15 seconds left.
Coming out of a 60-second Notre Dame timeout, Geben drew a shooting foul off Shaquille Morris and then the senior from Lithuania hit both clutch free throws to complete the recovery and setup the win.
Geben, who was 5 of 5 from the floor ended with 12 points and five rebounds, while Matt Farrell added 15 points, four rebounds and four assists as the Irish improved to 6-0 for the fourth time in 17 seasons under head coach Mike Brey.
Zach Brown scored 14 points for Wichita State and Conner Frankamp finished with 12 points and five assists for the Shockers (4-1), who made just 2 of their final 11 shots from 3-point range to finish on 8 for 23 from beyond the arc.
“I thought it was a great college basketball game,” said Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall. “Obviously, I wish it had ended 3 seconds sooner.”
The Fighting Irish joined the list of champions at the Maui Invitational, which includes some of the top NCAA college basketball programs such as Duke, North Carolina, Kansas and Arizona.
“We wanted to have our name up on this wall, we felt our program was one of those programs that deserved to be on the Maui wall here,” Brey said. “I’m thrilled that it is now.”
Farrell was named the Maui Invitational MVP, while Colson was named to the All-Tourney Team.
As a team, Notre Dame, which trailed most of the game before chipping away at the lead in the second half with a 44-29 advantage, shot 49 percent in the win.
Wichita State shot 46 percent.