Boston College led by as many as nine points in the second half, but the Irish closed to within a point twice before finally tying the score at 58 on a three-point play by Atkins with 3:32 left. After trading baskets, Boston College scored four straight points on a layup by Jackson and a pair of free throws by Rahon. Atkins then hit a 3 for Notre Dame with 47 seconds left to cut the lead to 64-63 and eventually tied the game.
BC coach Steve Donahue said he was pleased with his team's effort.
"I just think we need to take one more little step and we will start winning these games. We were right there," he said.
Brey said he got on his team early in the second half when they got down by nine, saying he thought they were feeling sorry for themselves.
"I'm like, 'Whoa, whoa, whoa. I need more competitors,'" he said. "We have great kids. I thought they really rose to the occasion."
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