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No. 20 Notre Dame beats BYU 78-68

Saturday - 11/17/2012, 9:39pm  ET

By JIM O'CONNELL
AP Basketball Writer

NEW YORK (AP) - 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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