You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to www.journalgazette.net/newsletter and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.

Colleges

  • Area players keep Ball State winning
      The culture has changed for Ball State's football team under the direction of coach Pete Lembo, and the mentality – the expectation to win every game – was on display through the words of the team Wednesday at the Mid-
  • Players OK with others advocating
    Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive has even said the Big Five conferences could break away from the NCAA if players aren’t compensated more properly.
  • Powerhouse SEC lacking star power
    Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel insists there are still plenty of superstars in the Southeastern Conference. The only problem is nobody’s heard of them yet. One year after high-profile players such as Alabama’s A.
Advertisement
Men’s Top 25

Irish rebound, beat BYU for 3rd place

– Notre Dame was facing one of the tough situations that come up for college basketball teams in late November: winning a consolation game in a tournament.

The 20th-ranked Fighting Irish responded to their semifinal overtime loss to Saint Joseph’s a night earlier by beating BYU 78-68 in the third-place game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at the Barclays Center on Saturday night.

“I’m very, very proud of our team because we invested a lot of energy last night and had our hearts broken,” Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said.

“We were moping around a little bit today and rightfully so. By pregame meal at 3 o’clock we had our heads up, and I was impressed with our maturity because we were in a battle. We were down seven in the second half, and we found a way to get out of here with a win.”

Jack Cooley had 19 points and 13 rebounds, Jerian Grant had 19 points – 17 in the second half – and Eric Atkins added 16, including the three-pointer that gave the Fighting Irish (3-1) a cushion after the Cougars had pulled within 63-61 with 4:28 to play.

Atkins hit the three 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.

No. 4 OHIO STATE 69, RHODE ISLAND 58: In Uncasville, Conn., Bishop Luers graduate Deshaun Thomas scored 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Buckeyes struggled with the Rams (0-3) well into the second half in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament.

Xavier Munford had 16 points to lead Rhode Island, which trailed by just four at halftime.

No. 17 MEMPHIS 65, SAMFORD 54: In Memphis, Tenn., Adonis Thomas scored 16 points and Antonio Barton added 14 points and the Tigers (2-0) escaped with a victory in an opening game of the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament.

Tim Williams led the Bulldogs (1-3) with 21 points and six rebounds, connecting on 7 of 11 shots.

No. 23 SAN DIEGO STATE 60, MISSOURI STATE 44: In Springfield, Mo., Jamaal Franklin scored 15 of his 22 points in the first half to put the Aztecs (2-1) up early, and James Rahon hit a key three-pointer late.

Missouri State (1-1) pulled within 41-37 on Anthony Downing’s basket with 7:13 left.

Advertisement