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Notre Dame escapes against No. 12 seed Princeton

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Bonzie Colson had 18 points and seven rebounds as No. 5 seed Notre Dame held on to defeat No. 12 Princeton 60-58 in an NCAA Tournament first-round game Thursday afternoon at KeyBank Center.

Matt Farrell added 16 points and four assists for the Irish (26-9). Steve Vasturia had 10 points and eight rebounds.

Notre Dame, the only team to reach the Elite Eight round in the past two NCAA Tournaments, will meet the winner of Thursday's game between No. 4 seed West Virginia and No. 13 Bucknell on Saturday.

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Mar 16, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; Princeton Tigers guard Devin Cannady (3) dribbles against Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Rex Pflueger (0) in the first half during the first round of the NCAA Tournament at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 16, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Virginia Cavaliers guard Darius Thompson (51) shoots against North Carolina-Wilmington Seahawks forward Devontae Cacok (15) during the first half in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 16: Mike Daum #24 of the South Dakota State Jackrabbits handles the ball against Johnathan Williams #3 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the first half during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 16, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 16: Marial Shayok #4 of the Virginia Cavaliers reacts after a collision against the North Carolina-Wilmington Seahawks during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Amway Center on March 16, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 16: Chris Howell #3 of the South Dakota State Jackrabbits competes for a loose ball with Nigel Williams-Goss #5 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the first half during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 16, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 16: Kelan Martin #30 of the Butler Bulldogs attempts a shot while being guarded by Xavier Cooks #12 of the Winthrop Eagles in the first half during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center on March 16, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 16: Przemek Karnowski #24 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs shoots in the first half against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 16, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 16: The West Virginia Mountaineers huddle up prior to their game against the Bucknell Bison during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyBank Center on March 16, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 16: Michael Orris #50 of the South Dakota State Jackrabbits drives to the basket against Przemek Karnowski #24 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the second half during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 16, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 16: Jevon Carter #2 of the West Virginia Mountaineers reacts as he falls to the ground against the Bucknell Bison during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyBank Center on March 16, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Mar 16, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; Wisconsin Badgers guard Khalil Iverson (21) shoots against Virginia Tech Hokies guard Ty Outlaw (42) and forward Zach LeDay (32) in the second half during the first round of the NCAA Tournament at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 16, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Nevada Wolf Pack guard Josh Hall (33) falls on Iowa State Cyclones guard Monte Morris (11) while battling for the ball during the second half of the game in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 16, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Florida Gulf Coast Eagles guard Rayjon Tucker (3) reacts after making a three point shot against the Florida State Seminoles during the first half in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 16: Elijah Long #55 of the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers shoots against Mikal Bridges #25 of the Villanova Wildcats in the second half during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyBank Center on March 16, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 16: Marcus Marshall #1 of the Nevada Wolf Pack attempts a shot between Monte Morris #11 and Nazareth Mitrou-Long #15 of the Iowa State Cyclones in the second half during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center on March 16, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 16: Kadeem Allen #5 of the Arizona Wildcats dives on to the scorers table to save the ball against the North Dakota Fighting Sioux during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 16, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
TULSA, OK - MARCH 17: Ian Baker #4 of the New Mexico State Aggies defends Ishmail Wainright #24 of the Baylor Bears in the second half during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BOK Center on March 17, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)
GREENVILLE, SC - MARCH 17: Angel Delgado #31 of the Seton Hall Pirates with the ball against Dustin Thomas #13 and Moses Kingsley #33 of the Arkansas Razorbacks in the first half in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 17, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 17: Leyton Hammonds #23 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys drives to the basket against the Michigan Wolverines during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 17, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
TULSA, OK - MARCH 17: Bennie Boatwright #25 and Jonah Mathews #2 of the USC Trojans go for a rebound against Semi Ojeleye #33 and Sterling Brown #3 of the Southern Methodist Mustangs in the second half during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BOK Center on March 17, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 17: Dylan Ennis #31 of the Oregon Ducks reacts in the second half against the Iona Gaels during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Golden 1 Center on March 17, 2017 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
TULSA, OK - MARCH 17: Bennie Boatwright #25 of the USC Trojans kneels at center court at the start of the game against the Southern Methodist Mustangs during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BOK Center on March 17, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
GREENVILLE, SC - MARCH 17: Moses Kingsley #33 of the Arkansas Razorbacks reacts in the second half against the Seton Hall Pirates in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 17, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 17: Jon Severe #10 of the Iona Gaels fouls Dillon Brooks #24 of the Oregon Ducks in the first half during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Golden 1 Center on March 17, 2017 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 17: E.C. Matthews #0 of the Rhode Island Rams attempts a shot against the Creighton Bluejays during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Golden 1 Center on March 17, 2017 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 17: Jordan Washington #23 of the Iona Gaels is helped off the court after suffering an injury in the first half against the Oregon Ducks during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Golden 1 Center on March 17, 2017 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
TULSA, OK - MARCH 17: De'Anthony Melton #22, Nick Rakocevic #31, Bennie Boatwright #25 and Shaqquan Aaron #0 of the USC Trojans celebrate after defeating the Southern Methodist Mustangs during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BOK Center on March 17, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
TULSA, OK - MARCH 17: Sterling Brown #3 of the Southern Methodist Mustangs handles the ball against Jordan McLaughlin #11 of the USC Trojans in the second half during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BOK Center on March 17, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)
GREENVILLE, SC - MARCH 17: Theo Pinson #1, Justin Jackson #44, Nate Britt #0 of the North Carolina Tar Heels and teammate cheer from the bench in the second half against the Texas Southern Tigers during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 17, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina. North Carolina Tar Heels won 103-64. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 17: Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Louisville Cardinals shoots the ball against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks during the first round of the NCAA Baketball Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 17, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The loss snapped a 19-game winning streak for Princeton (23-7), one shy of the school record set during the 1997-98 season. The Ivy League champions entered their 25th NCAA Tournament and first since 2011 with the nation's second-longest winning streak after Vermont (21 games).

Spencer Weisz led the Tigers with 15 points. Steven Cook had 11 points and seven rebounds.

Notre Dame led for nearly the entire game but didn't close out the victory until the final seconds. Colson scored on consecutive possessions to keep the Irish ahead, but Princeton got within 59-58 with 12.8 seconds left when Pete Miller tipped in Cook's missed 3-pointer.

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After Notre Dame's Matt Farrell missed the front end of a one-and-one, Princeton's Devin Cannady hit the back rim on a potentially go-ahead 3-pointer with 3.0 seconds remaining.

After trailing by as many as 11 points in the second half, the Tigers roared back to nearly pull off the upset. Cannady converted a four-point play to start a 9-2 run and Cook's corner 3-pointer cut Notre Dame's lead to 55-54 with 3:20 remaining.

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1. John Wooden won 10 titles as UCLA head coach. 
2. Duke head coach Mike Kryzewski has won 5 championships with the Blue Devils. 
3. Adolph Rupp won 4 championships as head coach of Kentucky.
T-4. Coach Bob Knight won 3 titles at Indiana.
T-4. University of Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun won 3 NCAA championships. 
T-6. Indiana head coach Branch McCracken won 2 championships with the Hoosiers. 
T-6. Henry Iba won 2 NCAA titles at Oklahoma State.

T-6. Coach Phil Woolpert won 2 championships at San Francisco.

(Original Caption) The University of San Francisco made basketball history by winning their 40th straight victory by the score of 33-24. Shown in the dressing room after their victory are left to right: BIll Russell, Father Tichner, athletic director at USF, Jack King (21), Coach Phil Woolpert, Mike Farmer, Casey Jones and Gene Brown (15). Center foreground is Mike Preseau.

T-6. Ed Jucker won 2 NCAA championships at Cincinnati.
T-6. Louisville coach Denny Crum won 2 championships.
T-6. Dean Smith won 2 NCAA titles at UNC.
T-6. Roy Williams also won 2 championships at North Carolina.
T-6. Billy Donovan won 2 championships at Florida.
T-6. Coach Rick Pitino has won 2 championships -- 1 at Kentucky and 1 at Louisville.
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Farrell made his third 3-pointer and fed Colson for a dunk that gave Notre Dame its largest lead at 45-34 early in the second half.

Notre Dame went into halftime ahead 36-30. Farrell hit two 3-pointers in the opening minutes, then the Irish operated inside for the rest of the half scoring 28 of their next 30 points in the paint or at the foul line. Colson scored 10 of his points in the first half.

Princeton led for just 17 seconds of the first half, going up 17-15 on Amir Bell's and-one layup 8:36 into the game.

NOTES: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie sat behind the Notre Dame bench. Christie's daughter, Sarah, is one of the Irish student managers. His son, Andrew, played baseball for Princeton. ... Ivy League teams have won first-round games in four of the last eight NCAA Tournaments and each of the losses have been by single digits. ... Notre Dame has won seven NCAA Tournament games over the past three seasons, matching the most victories the program has had in any four-year span. ... Farrell has made a 3-pointer in 25 straight games.

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