LaceDarius Dunn's three-pointer with 36 seconds remaining gave Baylor a two-point lead and the Bears would hold on for a 68-64 victory over the Irish. The win moves Baylor (3-0) into the championship game of the Paradise Jam versus Winthrop. For Notre Dame, the best the team can do is third and they'll get that chance on Monday against Georgia Tech. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 PM.
It was a tight ballgame down the stretch. The Irish actually held a 59-52 advantage with just under seven minutes to go in the contest. But the Bears finished the game on a 16-5 run to earn the victory, including a few key buckets in the closing minute.
Baylor fought back and tied the contest up at 61-all on Curtis Jerrells three-pointer with 3:13 to go in the second half. After several missed shots on both sides, two free throws by Notre Dame's Rob Kurz gave the Irish a slim 63-61 lead with 1:34 left on the clock. Jerrells hit 1-of-2 free throws on the Bears' next possession to cut the deficit to a point. Luke Harangody then missed a shot for Notre Dame to give the ball back to Baylor and set up the tense final minute.
With the shot clock winding down, Dunn buried a three-pointer to give the Bears a 65-63 lead. After a timeout, the Irish's Tory Jackson missed a close range shot and Baylor's Desmond Carter converted on a lay-up to give the Bears a 67-63 lead with 15 seconds remaining and more than enough to sow up the win.
A look at the box score will show the Irish, after taking a six-point halftime lead, being outscored by Baylor 36-26 in the second half. Notre Dame shot just 32.8 percent from the field, including a combined 3-of-21 from Kyle McAlarney and Kurz. The Bears had four players in double figures, led by Jerrells 17 points. The big bright spot for the Irish was Harangody. The sophomore poured in a game-high 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting and pulled down 10 rebounds.