Men's Basketball Upsets #20 Notre Dame, 79-70, in Coaches vs. Cancer Classic
Nov. 17, 2012
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Ronald Roberts had 21 points and a career-high 16 rebounds to lead five Saint Joseph's players in double figures as the Hawks upset #20 Notre Dame, 79-70, in overtime in the 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at the Barclays Center. SJU will meet Florida State in the championship game on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. That game will be televised on truTV with the radio broadcast on SportsRadio 610 WIP. Audio streaming will also be available on SJUHawks.com
Saint Joseph's improves to 2-0 while Notre Dame drops to 2-1.
In overtime, Roberts led the way, converting two free throws and then another after a block by Aiken, while grabbing a key offensive rebound. He connected on two more free throws to give the Hawks a 71-68 lead.
It took Notre Dame until there was 1:09 left to score its first basket, a jumper by Eric Atkins to close within 71-68.
Wilson sealed the win for the Hawks, hitting 4-for-4 from the foul line in the final 20 seconds. Roberts had seven points in the overtime, and went 5-for-6 from the foul line. SJU outscored ND, 13-4, in overtime and went 9-for-10 from the foul line.
In the final minutes of regulation, with the Hawks down 66-60, SJU's Roberts hit a layup and Galloway, who lost a tooth after diving for a loose ball, connected on two free throws to cut the deficit to 66-64. He then hit a driving layup to tie the game, 66-66, at 1:00.
With under 30 seconds to play, Kanacevic's three-point try was off the mark and Notre Dame recovered. But the Irish couldn't convert on two shots and the game went into overtime, 66-66.
Saint Joseph's dug itself an 8-0 hole, but after coach Phil Martelli called a timeout, the Hawks reeled off five straight by Wilson and Kanacevic. SJU took its first lead of the game, 14-13, at 12:31 on a putback by Roberts. Notre Dame answered back taking an 18-17 lead, but the Irish would then go scoreless for close to five minutes.
Back-to-back dunks by Roberts gave SJU a 23-18 advantage as the Hawks were converting 58.8 percent from the field. Notre Dame broke the drought with a three-pointer from Pat Connaughton at 5:59.
A layup by Wilson increased the Hawks' lead to 33-28 at 2:37, but Notre Dame closed to within 37-36 at halftime.
It is Saint Joseph's third win over a ranked team in the past two seasons.