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Connaughton scores 21 to lead Notre Dame to 70-63 win over Virginia Tech as Phelps is honored

  • Notre Dame guard Pat Connaughton, left, drives the lane as Virginia Tech guard Christian Beyer defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

    Notre Dame guard Pat Connaughton, left, drives the lane as Virginia Tech guard Christian Beyer defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)  (The Associated Press)

  • Notre Dame Pat Connaughton, left, drives the lane as Virginia Tech forward Christian Beyer defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

    Notre Dame Pat Connaughton, left, drives the lane as Virginia Tech forward Christian Beyer defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)  (The Associated Press)

  • Virginia Tech guard Adam Smith drives the lane as Notre Dame forward Garrick Sherman defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

    Virginia Tech guard Adam Smith drives the lane as Notre Dame forward Garrick Sherman defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)  (The Associated Press)

Pat Connaughton scored 21 points, Demetrius Jackson added 13 and Notre Dame ended a three-game losing streak, beating Virginia Tech 70-63 Sunday night.

The Irish (11-7, 2-3 ACC) ended their losing streak on a night when former coach Digger Phelps was inducted into the school's Ring of Honor on the 40th anniversary of his second-ranked Notre Dame squad beating UCLA 71-70 to end the Bruins' 88-game winning streak. The Hokies (8-9, 1-4) lost their fourth straight and for the sixth time in seven tries.

The Hokies, who trailed by 15 at halftime, cut the lead to 53-51 when Devin Wilson hit a 3-pointer and followed that up with a free throw. But the Irish responded quickly with a pair of 3-pointers by Connaughton and Steve Vasturia.

The Hokies cut the lead to 68-63 with 20 seconds left on a free throw by Cadarian Raines, but couldn't get any closer.