No. 20 Notre Dame beats BYU 78-68
Jack Cooley had 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead No. 20 Notre Dame to a 78-68 victory over BYU in the third-place game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Saturday night.Jerian Grant had 19 points - 17 in the second half - and Eric Atkins added 16, including the 3-pointer that gave the Fighting Irish a cushion after the Cougars had pulled within 63-61 with 4:28 to play.Atkins hit the 3 28 seconds later and that was the fifth of six attempts from beyond the arc in the second half after the Irish had gone 1 of 7 from there in the first half.Atkins then stole the ball near midcourt and went in for the long layup that made it 68-61. That was Notre Dame's last field goal of the game as the Irish went 10 of 12 from the free throw line the rest of the game.Cooley was 7 of 12 from the field as the Fighting Irish shot 52.1 percent from the field (25 of 28) and were 22 of 28 from the free throw line overall.Notre Dame (3-1) lost 79-70 in overtime to Saint Joseph's in the semifinals.Tyler Haws, who entered the game averaging 22.3 points this season, had 21 against Notre Dame, 15 in the second half. The Irish did a good job defending the 6-foot-5 sophomore guard who is returning after serving a 2-year Mormon mission in the Philippines.Pat Connaughton covered him in the man-to-man defense and the Irish went zone for several possessions in the second half. Haws finished 8 for 20 from the field and he missed two 3-ppint attempts.Brandon Davies had 12 points for the Cougars (2-2) as he was limited for the second straight game because of foul trouble. He played 19 minutes against Notre Dame.BYU lost 88-70 to Florida State in the semifinals.
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