‘Bama upsets No. 17 Notre Dame, places fifth in Florida tourney
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Alabama scored another big win over a ranked opponent.
Retin Obasohan scored 19 points, including the winning layup with eight seconds left, in Alabama’s 74-73 upset win over No. 17 Notre Dame in the fifth-place game at the AdvoCare Invitational on Sunday night.
”Retin had it going for us tonight,” Alabama coach Avery Johnson said. ”We came into the game trying to make a concerted effort to get him going offensively.”
This was the third consecutive game against a Top-25 team for the Crimson Tide. They earlier lost in the invitational to No. 23 Xavier 64-45 before beating No. 20 Wichita State 64-60.
”That’s what I take away, that this team can handle some adversity, and we had a bit of it tonight,” Johnson said. ”Fortunately the ball bounced our way.”
Notre Dame had a chance to win it with two seconds remaining, but Demetrius Jackson’s layup was off the mark.
Shannon Hale also had 19 points for Alabama (4-2).
Notre Dame (4-2) received 18 points from Steve Vasturia. Jackson and Zach Auguste had 16 apiece.
A tight game through much of the second half, Notre Dame held a 73-72 lead with 1:29 to play, but Auguste missed two free throws with 28.6 seconds left. Auguste had five points during a 14-7 run to open the second half that put Notre Dame up 53-50.
”Growing pains,” Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. ”We did a lot of good things, I think, against a good team. I’m disappointed we couldn’t get a stop to win the game. That scenario we’ll have to be better or we’re going to have many disappointments like this.”
Arthur Edwards had 15 points and made all six of his shots — including three 3s — in the first half. The Crimson Tide led by as many as 13 during the opening half and went into halftime up 43-39. Edwards was scoreless in the second half.
”They kept coming at us,” Brey said.
Vasturia scored 12 and V.J. Beachem added 11 in the first half to keep the Fighting Irish close.
”I always tell my team it’s a game of cycles,” Johnson said. ”You’ve got handle the highs and the lows.”
Alabama: It is the first time Alabama has played three consecutive ranked teams in nonconference play since the 2004 NCAA Tournament.
Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish lost their first game of the tourney 70-68 to Monmouth. They reached the fifth-place game by beating Iowa 68-62.
Alabama outscored Notre Dame 44-30 in the paint. … The Fighting Irish went 16 of 23 from the free-throw line, including 10 of 15 during the second half.
Alabama: Plays Friday at Southern Miss.
Notre Dame: Has a road game Wednesday against Illinois as part of the Big 10/ACC Challenge.
- Alabama Crimson Tide
- Demetrius Jackson
- Notre Dame Fighting Irish
- Notre Dame Fighting Irish
- Retin Obasohan
- Shannon Hale
- Steve Vasturia
- V.J. Beachem
- Zach Auguste