Notre Dame cemented its spot alongside fellow underachievers Boston College, Maryland and Virginia on Wednesday night with its second home loss of the season against an opponent outside the power conferences.
If last month's home loss to Indiana State was a mild surprise for the Irish, Wednesday's 73-69 setback against North Dakota State was more of a stunner. The senior-laden Bison may be the class of the Summit Conference this season, but they had no notable wins and they'd lost their two toughest road games by double figures at Saint Mary's and rival North Dakota.
In spite of that, Notre Dame trailed virtually the entire game and never strung together enough defensive stops to seize back control. The Irish had a chance to tie down three in the final 30 seconds, but a Jerian Grant turnover led to a Kory Brown transition dunk that extended the lead to five and all but clinched the upset.
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