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Colson scores 37, Notre Dame beats Dartmouth 97-87

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) With Notre Dame out of the Associated Press Top 25 for the first time this season, senior All-American Bonzie Colson came up with the perfect solution - his 30th career double-double that included a career-high 37 points in a 97-87 victory over Dartmouth on Tuesday night.

''I just wanted to play my game and shoot the ball with confidence,'' the 6-foot-6 Colson said after hitting 15 of 21 shots, including 3 of 5 3-pointers, while pulling down 11 rebounds and adding three steals and two blocks.

''It was a bounce-back game so I wanted to bring everything we had.''

Notre Dame (9-3) had lost three of its last five games, including an 80-77 overtime defeat to Indiana last Saturday that sent the Irish, No. 5 four weeks ago, out of the AP Top 25.

''We've had some big punches and our guts taken out,'' Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said.

Senior guard Matt Farrell added 22 points for Notre Dame on 8-of-13 shooting that included 4-of-6 3-pointers. Fellow starters Martinas Geben and Rex Pflueger had 13 each for Notre Dame, which had just three points off its bench to 32 by Dartmouth, which ended up hitting 15 of 32 3-pointers (46.9 percent).

''When a team hits 15 3s you lose,'' Brey added. ''Luckily, we scored enough to escape. Bonzie and Matt were fabulous making sure we wouldn't lose.''

Dartmouth (3-6) kept things close in the first half that featured six ties and seven lead changes before an 11-0 Irish run in 1:51 late gave Notre Dame a 46-39 halftime lead. The Irish pulled ahead by 16 (66-50) with 12:15 left, but the Big Green closed to three (82-79) on a dunk by Adrease Jackson with 4:36 to play.

But Colson responded with a 3-pointer and then followed up a steal with a slam dunk for an 87-79 lead at the four-minute mark.

''Anytime you are down 16 points on the road and you cut it back to 3, you can hang your hat on that,'' Dartmouth coach David McLaughlin said. ''Colson is a preseason All-American for a reason.''

Senior Miles Wright hit 5 3-pointers to lead Dartmouth with 15 points, while freshman Aaryn Rai hit four while scoring 14 points that were matched by freshman Chris Knight. Will Emery had 12 points and Brendan Barry 10 for the Big Green.

BIG PICTURE

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.

BENCH COLD

Dartmouth's reserves outscored the Irish, 32-3. Knight, who had 14 points, hit seven of nine shots for the Big Green and sophomore Ian Sistare had nine with a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc. Notre Dame freshman D.J. Harvey scored three points off the bench as four reserves played a total of 26 minutes. Pflueger and Farrell each played 39 minutes and Colson and T.J. Gibbs logged 37 apiece.

SHOOTERS HOT

Notre Dame hit nine of its first 12 shots in the second half and settled for 18 of 30 (60 percent) for the final 20 minutes and 57.6 percent (34 of 59) for the game. In addition to its hot performance from 3-point range, Dartmouth finished at 50.8 percent (32 of 63) from the floor.

UP NEXT

Dartmouth: Big Green return home to face Bryant Friday afternoon.

Notre Dame: Irish host Southeastern Louisiana Thursday night.

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Key Players
B. Barry
M. Farrell
35.9 Min. Per Game 35.9
15.3 Pts. Per Game 15.3
5.6 Ast. Per Game 5.6
2.4 Reb. Per Game 2.4
47.4 Field Goal % 43.2
45.1 Three Point % 39.7
87.5 Free Throw % 86.7
+ 3 Ian Sistare made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Aaryn Rai 12.0
+ 1 Bonzie Colson made 2nd of 2 free throws 20.0
+ 1 Bonzie Colson made 1st of 2 free throws 20.0
  Personal foul on Ian Sistare 20.0
  Defensive rebound by Bonzie Colson 20.0
  Brendan Barry missed 3-pt. jump shot 22.0
  Out of bounds turnover on Matt Farrell 24.0
+ 3 Aaryn Rai made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Brendan Barry 27.0
+ 1 Rex Pflueger made 2nd of 2 free throws 35.0
+ 1 Rex Pflueger made 1st of 2 free throws 35.0
  Personal foul on Ian Sistare 35.0
Team Stats
Points 87 97
Field Goals 32-63 (50.8%) 34-59 (57.6%)
3-Pointers 15-32 (46.9%) 8-20 (40.0%)
Free Throws 8-10 (80.0%) 21-24 (87.5%)
Total Rebounds 25 35
Offensive 5 8
Defensive 19 27
Team 1 0
Assists 24 15
Steals 11 10
Blocks 1 3
Turnovers 16 15
Fouls 20 10
Technicals 0 0
15 PTS, 1 REB, 2 AST
37 PTS, 11 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Dartmouth 3-6 394887
home team logo Notre Dame 9-3 465197
Team Stats
away team logo Dartmouth 3-6 72.0 PPG 36.4 RPG 14.2 APG
home team logo Notre Dame 9-3 68.7 PPG 39 RPG 12.8 APG
Key Players
00
M. Wright G PPG RPG APG FG%
00
B. Colson F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
M. Wright G 15 PTS 1 REB 2 AST
B. Colson F 37 PTS 11 REB 1 AST
50.8 FG% 57.6
46.9 3PT FG% 40.0
80.0 FT% 87.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Wright 15 1 2 5/12 5/9 0/0 3 24 2 0 0 0 1
A. Rai 14 2 1 5/11 4/6 0/0 3 22 1 0 1 1 1
W. Emery 12 5 0 4/7 0/0 4/6 3 19 0 0 3 3 2
B. Barry 10 5 12 3/9 2/7 2/2 0 39 1 0 1 0 5
T. Johnson 4 3 2 2/5 0/3 0/0 2 16 4 0 5 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Wright 15 1 2 5/12 5/9 0/0 3 24 2 0 0 0 1
A. Rai 14 2 1 5/11 4/6 0/0 3 22 1 0 1 1 1
W. Emery 12 5 0 4/7 0/0 4/6 3 19 0 0 3 3 2
B. Barry 10 5 12 3/9 2/7 2/2 0 39 1 0 1 0 5
T. Johnson 4 3 2 2/5 0/3 0/0 2 16 4 0 5 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Knight 14 3 1 7/9 0/0 0/0 2 27 0 0 2 1 2
I. Sistare 9 4 4 3/3 3/3 0/0 2 23 0 1 2 0 4
A. Jackson 7 0 0 3/4 1/2 0/0 3 12 1 0 1 0 0
J. Foye 2 0 0 0/2 0/2 2/2 1 10 2 0 0 0 0
I. Letoa 0 1 2 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 8 0 0 1 0 1
C. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Carter - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Swett - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 87 24 24 32/63 15/32 8/10 20 200 11 1 16 5 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Colson 37 11 1 15/21 3/5 4/5 1 37 3 2 0 2 9
M. Farrell 22 1 6 8/13 4/6 2/3 1 39 3 0 6 0 1
M. Geben 13 9 2 3/3 0/0 7/8 1 22 0 1 5 3 6
R. Pflueger 13 6 1 5/9 0/2 3/3 1 39 0 0 0 2 4
T. Gibbs 9 1 3 2/8 1/4 4/4 0 37 2 0 2 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Colson 37 11 1 15/21 3/5 4/5 1 37 3 2 0 2 9
M. Farrell 22 1 6 8/13 4/6 2/3 1 39 3 0 6 0 1
M. Geben 13 9 2 3/3 0/0 7/8 1 22 0 1 5 3 6
R. Pflueger 13 6 1 5/9 0/2 3/3 1 39 0 0 0 2 4
T. Gibbs 9 1 3 2/8 1/4 4/4 0 37 2 0 2 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Harvey 3 4 1 1/5 0/3 1/1 3 13 2 0 1 1 3
E. Burns 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 1 0 2
N. Djogo 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0
J. Mooney 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 6 0 0 0 0 1
A. Torres - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Gregory - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Nelligan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 97 35 15 34/59 8/20 21/24 10 200 10 3 15 8 27