Notre Dame survives first round scare, defeats Princeton 60-58

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Bonzie Colson scored 18 points and Notre Dame survived a first-round NCAA Tournament scare by pulling out a 60-58 win over Princeton.

The West Region’s 12th-seeded Tigers had a chance to pull ahead on their final possession, but Devin Cannady missed an open 3-pointer just before the final horn. Notre Dame’s Steve Vasturia pulled down the rebound and was fouled.

The Fighting Irish (26-9) nearly squandered an 11-point second half lead. Guard Matt Farrell scored 16 points, but missed the front end of a one-and-one with Notre Dame up 59-58.

Spencer Weisz led the Tigers with 15 points. The Ivy League champion Tigers (23-7) had a 19-game winning streak going into the NCAA Tournament.

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie attended Princeton University’s NCAA tournament game, but wasn’t there to support his state’s Ivy League university.

Christie sat a few rows behind Notre Dame’s bench Thursday in Buffalo as the Fighting Irish beat Princeton, 60-58.

The Republican has been friends with Notre Dame coach Mike Brey since he worked at the University of Delaware, from where Christie graduated.

Christie’s daughter Sarah is a student manager on the team.

Christie’s son Andrew graduated from Princeton last year and played for its baseball team.

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