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 its 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 3-pointer that gave ...