LAS VEGAS (AP) — Dan Fotu scored 22 points and hit a big 3-pointer in the final minute, lifting Saint Mary’s to a 62-59 win over Notre Dame in the Maui Invitational Monday night.
The Gaels (5-0) and Irish (2-1) each faced their first big tests of the season and neither gave an inch, trading the lead 16 times.
Saint Mary’s went up two on Fotu’s 3-pointer with 46 seconds left and was still up one after Cormac Ryan made 1 of 2 free throws.
Tommy Kuhse, who had 14 points and four assists, hit two free throws with 4 seconds left, giving the Irish a final shot to tie it. Notre Dame couldn’t get a good look and Ryan missed a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer.