Mike Brey's plan was simple. Attack and have fun. For almost 40 minutes, the strategy worked as Notre Dame made Georgetown play the Irish game but in the end, too much Jeff Green did in ND.
The bombs were falling in the first half as the Irish jumped to a 14-point lead but the Hoyas cut twelve points off the lead and trailed by a bucket at half in Madison Square Garden.
Collin Falls hit a three-point shot with 16:07 in the second half to give the Irish a four-point lead. That would be the final three-pointer of the night for ND.
Down seven, Tory Jackson took over as the rookie scored seven straight points to tie the game down stretch on two occasions. Jackson finished with 20.
Green, who had 30, scored on Luke Harangody with 13 seconds left to give the Hoyas a two-point lead. Green missed the free throw and Russell Carter had a great look to win it with a three but the shot was too strong and the top-seeded Hoyas escaped, winning 86-84. Carter led the Irish with 23.
Notre Dame now awaits where they will play in the NCAA tourney when the bids are announced on Sunday. The Irish are 24-7 on the season