Notre Dame edges Georgia Tech in overtime
SOUTH BEND, IND. – Notre Dame coach Mike Brey called it "circle rip". Georgia Tech called it a dagger.
By any name, Pat Connaughton's rise-up three-pointer in Saturday's second overtime was too much for the Yellow Jackets to overcome.
Connaughton came alive in the second OT with five points, two rebounds, a steal and a block, and Jerian Grant had 24 points to lead No. 14 Notre Dame (14-1, 2-0 ACC) to an 83-76 comeback over Georgia Tech (9-4, 0-1).
After missing a pair of free throws late in the first overtime that could have won it, Connaughton followed his three with a layup for a five-point lead with three minutes to play, and all the momentum the Irish needed to close the game out.
"He was so mad about the free throws, he's so competitive, that he's the kind of guy that's gonna answer back," Brey said.
Grant's game included a huge dunk over Josh Heath in the second half. "I don't get too many of those, but that was exciting," Grant said. "It boosted the whole team, the bench, the whole arena."
• SOUTH CAROLINA DOWNS NO. 9 CYCLONES: Duane Notice scored 15 points and South Carolina picked up its first win over a top-10 team in nearly five years by beating No. 9 Iowa State 64-60 in New York. The Gamecocks (9-3) shot 46 percent and led most of the way against the Cyclones (10-2) at the Barclays Center.
• VIRGINIA GOES TWO OVERTIMES TO STAY UNBEATEN: No. 3 Virginia squandered a 19-point lead and then came from behind in both extra periods to beat host Miami (Fla.) 89-80 in the ACC opener for both teams. The Cavaliers (13-0) are off to their best start since 1980-81. Miami (10-4) lost for the fourth time in six games.
• OKLAHOMA BOTTLES UP BAYLOR: TaShawn Thomas scored 24 points to help host and 10th-ranked Oklahoma beat 22nd-ranked Baylor 73-63 in the Big 12 opener for both teams. Thomas, a transfer from Houston, made 11 of 17 shots for the Sooners (10-3). Johnathan Motley scored 24 points for Baylor (11-2).
• AND ANOTHER UNBEATEN GOES DOWN … Gary Browne scored 16 points while leading scorer Juwan Staten watched from the bench with an illness as No. 17 West Virginia (13-1) opened Big 12 play with a 78-67 win over previously unbeaten Texas Christian (13-1), which was on its longest winning streak since 1997-98.
• AND ANOTHER … Reserve guard Sam Logwood scored 15 points on perfect shooting to help host New Mexico hand No. 24 Colorado State its first loss of the season, 66-53. Logwood went 5-for-5 from the floor and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line for the Lobos (10-4, 2-0 Mountain West) against the Rams (14-1, 1-1).
• RED STORM FALLING: Kellen Dunham scored a season-high 28 points, including a pivotal three-pointer with just more than 2 minutes left that helped Butler (11-4, 1-1 Big East) hold off host and 15th-ranked St. John's (11-3, 0-2) 73-69.
• OKAFOR KEEPS GOING: Jahlil Okafor scored a career-high 28 points for No. 2 Duke in a 85-62 home victory over Boston College, the ACC opener for both teams. Tyus Jones shot 0-for-5 and scored three points for the Blue Devils (13-0) vs. BC (7-5).
• TERRAPINS THROTTLE HUSKERS: Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 24 points, Laurin Mincy added 22 and No. 14 Maryland used a big second half to beat 12th-ranked Nebraska 75-47 in Lincoln. Maryland (11-2, 2-0 Big Ten) had more points in the second half (48) than the Cornhuskers (10-3, 0-2) scored in the game.
• BAYLOR ROLLS ALONG: Nina Davis had 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead sixth-ranked and host Baylor (12-1) to a 61-45 victory over No. 18 Oklahoma State (10-2) in the Big 12 opener or both teams.