NEW YORK -- Notre Dame had a good enough start that a tough second half didnt make a difference.Bonzie Colson had 22 points and 12 rebounds for his fifth career double-double and the Fighting Irish held off Colorado 89-83 on Monday night in the semifinals of the Legends Classic at Barclays Center.We got off to a great start, really flowing offensively, Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. Second half Colorado really guarded us and we had to find different ways to play. We made free throws and it was kind of a grinding game. Im proud of how we held people but we have a lot of guys that have won big games and have big game pressure on them. I thought that experience helped us escape tonight.The Fighting Irish (4-0) will play Northwestern, which beat No. 22 Texas 77-58, for the title on Tuesday.The Buffaloes (3-1) trailed by 15 points at halftime and were able to get as close as four points twice in the final minute but Notre Dame went 14 for 14 from the free throw line over the final 1:33 to keep Colorado at bay in the first meeting between the schools.Matt Farrell had 20 points and V.J. Beacham and Steve Vasturia added 17 each for Notre Dame which went 27 for 29 from the free throw line. Colson, a 6-foot-5 junior, matched his career high with the 12 rebounds.I just wanted to stay composed and just stay focused, make sure I attacked the glass on both ends, Colson said. Coach emphasized before the game trying to get more rebounds and I think as a collective unit we did really well in that. Just stay composed and. we stayed in character.Xavier Johnson scored 23 points, Derrick White had 20 points and nine assists and George King added 17 points and 13 points for Colorado, which was able to rally in the second half by shooting 16 of 34 from the field (47.1 percent). The Buffaloes finished 18 of 19 from the free throw line.Theres a sense of urgency. We were down 15 points. The margin of error was very small, King said. So we had to pick it up defensively. That was our main focus going into the second half.Notre Dame came out firing and gave itself a comfortable 50-35 halftime lead.The Fighting Irish shot 54.5 percent (18 of 33) from the field, including making six of 12 3-point attempts in the first half. Colorado, meanwhile, struggled from the field in the first half shooting 37.1 percent (13 of 35) from the field and only 2 of 8 from 3-point range.I liked our guys fight to get back. You dig yourself a hole in the first half, against a good team its tough, Colorado coach Tad Boyle said. They made free throws down the stretch when they had to. I knew they were a good free throw shooting team. So its tough to come back on teams like that. We have to fight for 40 minutes, not for 20.Notre Dame couldnt keep up the shooting in the second half and the Buffaloes were able to make it close but the Fighting Irish sealed it at the free throw line.Weve been in those situations before. I never thought we were going to beat them by 20. Theyre too good a team, Brey said. Theyre an NCAA Tournament team and I think theyre going to be pretty darn good in the Pac 12. Youre not just going to put them away. I expected a run and Im glad that our guys were poised. We made some big free throws.BIG PICTURE:Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish will be looking for their first in-season tournament since winning the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in 2012. ... Former Notre Dame star Kelly Tripucka was honored during the game as a legend for the Fighting Irish. ... As of Nov. 18 Notre Dame was scheduled to face seven teams in the top 15 in the AP poll.Colorado: This was the Buffaloes first game away from home. ... Colorado was picked fifth in the Pac-12 preseason poll. ... The Buffaloes came in allowing 59.3 points per game.NICE PLACE:Notre Dame started its run to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament last season at Barclays Center. The Fighting Irish beat Michigan and Stephen F. Austin to advance to the regional. They will be back here in March for the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.I said the karma would still be here, Brey said. Were comfortable in this building. Id love to get one more tomorrow night and then to come back in March and try to get some. But theres no question, the familiarity and the memories. We were in the same locker room. Oh it was good stuff, all good stuff.BAD SHOTS:Its a lot easier to list the players who missed free throws rather than making them. Austin Torres missed the two free throws for Notre Dame and Johnson went 5 of 6 for the Buffaloes. Colson led all free throw shooters by going 9 for 9.ON THE MARK:Both teams almost hit their scoring average for the season. Notre Dame came in averaging 88 points per game and the Buffaloes were at 82. The defensive numbers took a hit, however. The Fighting Irish came in allowing 53.7 points and Colorado allowed 59.3.UP NEXT:Notre Dame: will play Northwestern in the championship game of the Legends Classic.Colorado: will play No. 22 Texas for third place in the Legends Classic. Rangers Jerseys Store
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Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington looks back over 20 years of Super League That was about as good as it got for Paris, who finished second bottom of the Super League I table and dissolved in May 1997, but the competition itself has gone from strength to strength.The sport now enjoys more spectators and viewers on TV, said Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington, who was in charge of Sheffield Eagles for that opening game in Paris.There has been a big transformation both in the way the game is played and how it is seen by spectators, and all of those changes have been for the good. Phil Clarke brings you his top five Super League tries from round seven Of course, 20 years ago people were dreaming about Super League being played in Madrid and Barcelona and a whole range of European cities. That has never materialised and the Paris club only lasted two years, but they have been replaced by Catalans Dragons, who are one of the strongest clubs in the competition.The creation of Super League 20 years ago brought a lot of uncertainty to the game. Established clubs like Widnes, Hull and Hull KR werent part of the competition but they are now.The traditional clubs very much make up the Super League and the Championship is a very vibrant competition, as well as the community game below that. There has been a lot of advances in the sport and we have now got a lot of stability and structure, and a platform to move forward.Tune into Sky Sports 1 HD at 10.15pm on Tuesday March 29 for a special programme celebrating 20 years of Super League.Unsavoury scenes Watch the moment Salfords rugby league players stepped in to break up crowd violence during their win at Huddersfield It is a shame that Super Leagues 20th anniversary has been overshadowed by the trouble that marred Salfords victory at Huddersfield.Shortly after the Devils had beaten the Giants 26-24, photographs emerged on social media of some of Salfords players appearing to fight some of their own supporters in the away end of the ground.Pictures on Twitter showed winger Justin Carney and centre Junior Sau involved in heated exchanges, with one particular photo showing New Zealander Sau appearing to restrain a fan on the ground. Have a look at Barrie and Terrys favourite hits from Super Leagues Easter fixtures Marwann Koukash claims a child was hospitalised during the incident and although Salford issued a statement of apology, the owner has promised the strongest possible action against anyone found to have caused trouble.ddddddddddddThe minority who caused the trouble, who I called thugs, will not be associated with our club or the sport, he said.We will make sure they never attend a rugby league game again.Smith slams schedule Tony Smith criticised the Easter weekend double-header claiming it leaves teams unprepared We were treated to 93 tries across the two rounds of Easter fixtures in Super League but the quick turnaround between games continues to divide opinion.Warrington head coach Tony Smith is not a fan. He believes two games in four days is unfair on players and the competition.Smiths Wolves side went in to the weekend unbeaten, their best start to a league campaign for 66 years, before opening up a two point lead at the top of the table with a Good Friday win over the Widnes Vikings. Speaking ahead of their Easter Monday clash with Hull FC, in which his side slipped to a dramatic 26-24 defeat against Hull, Smith voiced his opinions on the schedule stating that it left teams with no time to adequately prepare for the matches.Well watch some video of Hull but in terms of tactics and honing in specifically on things about Hull, you cant really do that he said. Thats why you often get poor-quality games on Mondays. You just cant do the preparation. The players cant lift themselves. Warringtons unbeaten start to the season was ended by Hull FC on Easter Monday We have got to get to the stage - and we say this every year - where we all decide we are going to have a home game this year and away the next year over Easter.When we do that, I think our players will survive better and we probably wont get as many injuries after the Easter period.Binman makes Roosters bow Garbage collector Eloni Vunakece made his Roosters debut on Saturday Trent Robinson called on a binman in a bid to end Sydney Roosters rubbish start to the season.Eloni Vunakece, who works full-time as a garbage collector, came off the bench against Manly on Saturday for his NRL bow.The 28-year-old Fiji international became one of the oldest players to make their first-grade debut, gaining 60 metres from five carries and making 15 tackles during his 26 minutes of action.It is pretty crazy when you think about it, said team-mate Dylan Napa. He goes to work as a garbo, gets up at quarter to four and goes to work then comes to training at nine, does his own warm up and slots right in. Then he will go to his night shift and do the same.Unfortunately for the Roosters, Vunakece was unable to prevent them from suffering a fourth successive defeat. They outscored the Sea Eagles by four tries to three but 10 points from the boot of Jamie Lyon saw Manly run out 22-20 victors.Golden point drama Anthony Milford leads the celebrations after kicking the winning field goal against the Cowboys Almost five months after their memorable Grand Final clash, North Queensland Cowboys and Brisbane Broncos were at it again on Friday as they served up another golden point thriller.Johnathan Thurston looked to have broken Brisbane hearts yet again when he crossed in the corner during overtime, but the try was ruled out for a knock-on in what has been the most controversial decision made by the video bunker so far.Anthony Milford slotted a 40-metre drop goal with seconds remaining in the first period to exact a small degree of revenge for the Broncos.Golden point has proved a hit in the NRL, producing some dramatic finishes. Should Super League follow suit?Change in fortunes Tom Gilmore cannot prevent Warrington winger Tom Lineham from scoring a try The action-packed Easter weekend saw a change in fortunes for the teams at both ends of the Super League table.After a superb start to their campaign, one that even drew comparisons with the story of Premier League front-runners Leicester City, Widnes fell to successive defeats against Warrington and St Helens, handing the top spot over to the Wolves, while also being leapfrogged by Wigan.At the other end of the table, Wakefield completed the Easter double over fellow strugglers Huddersfield and reigning champions Leeds to lift themselves off the basement and in to ninth, leaving the Giants languishing in bottom spot.Chris Chester could not have asked for a better start to his tenure as Wildcats coach and he will hope to build on those victories when Salford visit Belle Vue on Saturday, live on Sky Sports. 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