Notre Dame guard Rex Pflueger (0) reacts in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Duke during the championship game of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, Saturday, March 11, 2017, in New York. Duke won 75-69. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

“When the lights have been brightest, we’ve been in a rhythm lately where we just love it, embrace it and deliver in it,” coach Mike Brey said. “I think it’s gotten to be a little bit of the tradition of the program where it’s handed down to the younger guys and they’re dragged along by the older guys that have been part of it. I really see that with our upperclassmen now. It’s kind of what we do. We deliver when the lights are brightest.”

From left, Los Angeles Lakers center Tarik Black fights for a rebound with Denver Nuggets forward Juancho Hernangomez, of Spain, and Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 13, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

“We needed that man,” said Nuggets coach Michael Malone, who gave Barton a pregame pep talk. “Will Barton is a very important piece of our team and we all know that. Since the break, he hasn’t found his groove and tonight to see him shoot the ball as well as he did and to be the playmaker he was, it was fantastic.”