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BOSTON COLLEGE 84, NOTRE DAME 72

Quinten Post up to challenge in final minutes, leads Boston College past Notre Dame

Boston College's Quinten Post scored 29 points on 10-of-14 shooting, including 4 of 5 3-pointers, and grabbed 14 rebounds.Michael Caterina/Associated Press

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Quinten Post scored 12 of his career-high 29 points in the final six minutes to help Boston College complete a season sweep of Notre Dame, earning a 84-72 victory on Saturday.

After missing the first 13 games of the season with a foot injury, Post has scored in double figures in six of his seven games. He set his previous season high with 17 points in a loss to North Carolina. He matched his career high with 14 rebounds.

“[Post] was terrific,” said Eagles coach Earl Grant. “It was nice to see him come back and find his ryhthym. He was really playing good basketball, inside and out. We needed him to play that way to be successful.”

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Worcester native Makai Ashton-Langford scored 20 points to surpass 1,000 for his career and added seven assists as the Eagles (9-11, 3-6 ACC) snapped a four-game losing streak. His brother, DeMarr Langford Jr., added 10 points with four assists.

Nate Laszewski had a career-high 29 points and matched his career best with seven 3-pointers to lead Notre Dame (9-11, 1-8). Cormac Ryan and Goodwin each added 13 points.

The game was the first since Thursday's announcement that coach Mike Brey, the all-time winningest coach in Notre Dame history, would step down at the end of the season.

Post, a 7-footer, made 4 of 5 3-point attempts.

“They wanted to keep us out of the paint,” said Grant. “They weren’t limiting the threes. We shot them and made them.”

As a team, the Eagles shot 11 for 19 behind the arc (29 for 51 overall).

“We were thinking we wanted them shooting [3-pointers],” said Brey. “The big fella [Post] makes a three and everybody is feeling good. The numbers say you jam it in and let them shoot it. We did that and they make 11, which is painful. You play the stats and the numbers and they didn’t mean a thing today. They made big ones and they made some really tough ones at the end of a clock. You’re almost snakebit a little bit.”

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The Irish took a 9-point lead after Laszewski’s 3-pointer with more than five minutes to play in the first half, but Boston College rallied and took a 36-35 lead into intermission on a jumper by Devin McGlockton.

The Eagles then opened the second half on a 13-0 run spurred by 8 points from Langford.

“That didn’t help,” said Brey. “They’re physical, tough, and old. They’ve been a very tough matchup for us the last couple of years with this nucleus. I thought it took it’s toll on us — their physicality, especially around the basket.”

The Irish rallied from deep, hitting five 3-pointers to take the lead, 57-56, midway through the second half. Post then rallied Boston College, hitting a 3-pointer with 6:23 left to for a 66-62 advantage.

Goodwin’s jumper with a little less than five minutes to play got Notre Dame within 2, but the Irish could not close the gap.