SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Notre Dame appeared “dead in the water like seven times,” according to coach Mike Brey, yet T.J. Gibbs and Rex Pflueger kept finding ways to resuscitate the Fighting Irish during their improbable 64-62 overtime victory over Toledo on Thursday night.
Gibbs made two steals in the final 35 seconds of the extra period and assisted Pflueger on the backdoor, go-ahead basket with 25 seconds left.
The Irish had already rallied from a 52-45 deficit in the final three minutes of regulation, capped by sophomore sub Nate Laszewski’s right-wing 3-pointer at the horn. It came off an inbound from Pflueger with 1.5 seconds to play.