Irish stop Stephen F. Austin, advance to Sweet 16

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Rex Pflueger #0 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish reacts after tipping in a shot to defeat the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks 76 to 75 in the second half during the second round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Barclays Center on March 20, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Rex Pflueger tipped in a Zach Auguste miss with 1.5 seconds remaining as six-seed Notre Dame beat 14-seed Stephen F. Austin 76-75 in Brooklyn, Sunday afternoon.

The win puts the Irish back in the Sweet 16 for the second year in a row and gives the ACC five Sweet 16 teams, tying a tournament record for a conference in a year. Syracuse has a chance to break that record later Sunday night if the 10-seed Orange can beat 15-seed Middle Tennessee. Overall, the ACC is 11-1 in this year’s NCAA Tournament, the only loss coming from 10-seed Pittsburgh against seven-seed Wisconsin.

Demetrius Jackson led the Irish with 18 points on the day. Zach Auguste (16) and V.J. Beachem (15) also tallied double-figures.

Notre Dame will play the winner of seven-seed Wisconsin and two-seed Xavier in the Sweet 16 on March 25 in Philadelphia.

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