Loyd leads No. 4 Notre Dame past Georgia Tech 71-61

By CHARLES ODUM
AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA (AP) - Jewell Loyd scored 31 points and No. 4 Notre Dame survived a scare to beat Georgia Tech 71-61 for its 11th straight win on Thursday night.

The Irish (25-2, 12-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed 34-33 at halftime and the final margin was the only double-digit lead of the game. The score was tied at 51 with 11 minutes remaining.

Notre Dame, which protected its hold on first in the ACC, led only 58-56 before a basket by Lindsay Allen and a 3 from Loyd stretched the advantage to seven.

Georgia Tech (14-13, 4-9) has lost four straight and five of six.

The game featured two of the ACC's top three scorers. Loyd, first in the conference with 20.7 points per game, had 23 points in the second half.

Zaire O'Neil led Georgia Tech with 20 points. Kaela Davis, third in the ACC with 20.2 points per game, added 19 points.

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