The Notre Dame Fighting Irish basketball team had a nice outing against a Power 5 team on Friday after its worst loss of the season a day earlier.
In the Legends Classic’s third-place game at Barclays Center, Notre Dame secured a narrow 66-64 victory over Oklahoma State in overtime. Highly touted freshman Markus Burton led the Fighting Irish with 20 points, including six crucial points in the extra period. J.R. Konieczy, coming off a double-double performance, contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds. Julian Roper II added 12 points. For the Cowboys, Javon Small stood out with 29 points and 10 rebounds, while John-Michael Wright scored 11 points.
Notre Dame initially led by 12 points in the second half but faced a late surge from Oklahoma State, narrowing the gap to 55-55 at the end of regulation. Burton’s three-point play and successful free throws in overtime sealed the victory.
Despite struggles with turnovers in the final minutes of regulation, Notre Dame managed to secure the win. The Cowboys’ Small attempted a half-court shot at the buzzer, but it fell short.
The win moved Notre Dame to a 2-2 record, while Oklahoma State dropped to 1-3. Both teams look ahead to upcoming matchups, with Oklahoma State facing New Orleans and Notre Dame hosting Maryland-Eastern Shore.
The victory was a nice bounceback after a stunning loss to Western Carolina and a blowout loss to Auburn.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish hockey bounces back as well
Speaking of bouncing back, another Notre Dame squad has turned their season around after a rough start. The Irish hockey team struggled before it started the Big Ten conference play.
Since they started that slate, they haven’t lost in regulation. On Friday, they got another victory against the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Ryan Bischel, Notre Dame’s goaltender, shone in his home state of Minnesota, leading the Fighting Irish to a 4-2 victory over the Gophers in the Big Ten series opener.
Bischel, a graduate student from Medina, Minn., made 33 saves and was named the Big Ten’s first star of the week. Despite falling behind initially, Notre Dame extended its unbeaten streak to seven games (5-0-2).
Coach Jeff Jackson praised Bischel’s consistent performance, emphasizing the team’s collective contribution. The win marked Notre Dame’s first in Minneapolis since January 2021, with goals from Drew Bavaro, Patrick Moynihan, and Grant Silianoff. Landon Slaggert secured the victory with an empty-net goal.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will look to keep the streak going on Saturday night.