Matt Causey's three-pointer with two seconds on the clock helped give the Yellow Jackets a 70-69 win over Notre Dame. The Irish conclude the Paradise Jam Tournament 1-2 and head back to South Bend at 2-2 overall on the year. Notre Dame will host Youngstown State on Saturday at the Joyce Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 PM.
The Irish are left to think what could have been if not for some late game leads that slipped through their fingers. On Sunday, it was Baylor hitting the three-pointer with under a minute remaining to send the Bears into the championship contest of Paradise Jam. On Monday, the same storyline played out but the critical made bucket by the opponents made it even more gut-wrenching.
Two three throws by Zack Hillesland gave the Irish a 62-53 advantage with five minutes remaining but that's when the Yellow Jackets started to make their comeback. A Causey three-pointer, his second of three in the final five minutes, cut the deficit to two points with just under 1:30 left on the clock. After Tory Jackson's lay-up put the lead back at 68-64, Georgia Tech responded with another long range bomb, this time by Lewis Clinch to make it a one-point contest with 46 seconds remaining.
The Yellow Jackets fouled Jackson with under 20 ticks on the clock. The sophomore guard converted 1-of-2 free throws for a 69-67 Notre Dame lead. Georgia Tech wound the clock down and found Causey, who nailed a deep three-pointer for the game-winning basket. The Irish's Kyle McAlarney missed a final desperation attempt as the buzzer sounded.
Sophomore Luke Harangody notched his second straight double-double. Harangody led all scorers with 22 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. Rob Kurz added 15 points, Hillesland totaled 12 points off the bench while Jackson chipped in 10 but shot just 3-of-11 from the field. Notre Dame hit 40 percent of their shots, including 5-of-17 from three-point land. The Yellow Jackets had five players in double figures, led by Jeremis Smith's 12 points and 13 rebounds. Georgia Tech hit 8-of-11 from three-point land in the second half.