NEW YORK – Ronald Roberts had 21 points and 16 rebounds to lead Saint Joseph’s to a 79-70 overtime victory over No. 20 Notre Dame on Friday night in the semifinals of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Friday night at Barclays Center.
Roberts scored the first seven points of the overtime as the Hawks pulled away, outscoring the Fighting Irish 13-4 in the extra 5 minutes.
Saint Joseph’s closed regulation on an 8-0 run to tie it at 66.
The Hawks (2-0) will play Florida State in Saturday night’s championship game. The Seminoles (3-0) beat BYU 88-70.
Jack Cooley had 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Fighting Irish (2-1), who didn’t score over the final 4 minutes of regulation and first 4 minutes of overtime.
Chris Wilson had 19 points for the Hawks while Hilil Kanacevic had 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
Scott Martin had 13 points for Notre Dame while Eric Atkins had 12 points and 10 assists.
Atkins hit a 3 with 4 minutes left to give Notre Dame a 66-58 lead. Langston Galloway, despite losing a tooth when he dived on the court with 5 minutes left in regulation, had four points in the closing spurt including the drive that tied the game at 66 with 1:39 left.
Jerian Grant missed a drive for Notre Dame, Kanacevic missed a 3 for the Hawks and C.J. Aikens got the offensive rebound but missed a shot as he was falling.
Atkins stood dribbling alone with 19 seconds left as Notre Dame held for the last shot. Atkins drove but missed the shot and Cooley couldn’t really get control of the rebound.
Atkins fell to the court screaming in pain with cramps in both legs. He was attended to by trainers and returned to the game with 2:30 left in the overtime.
Galloway capped the game with an impressive dunk as the final buzzer sounded. He finished 13 points. This was the last game of a three-game suspension for senior guard Carl Jones, who led the Hawks in scoring the past two seasons. He was suspended for violation of community standards.