Down 22, Bay­lor stuns Louisville

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Lit­tle had gone right for No. 20 Bay­lor when it headed to the locker room in Fri­day’s Bat­tle 4 At­lantis cham­pi­onship game. The Bears trailed at halftime for the third straight day — this time by a big mar­gin.

But they shrugged it off and re­sponded with a whop­per of a comeback to claim the ti­tle in Par­adise Is­land, Ba­hamas.

King McClure scored 15 points in the sec­ond half and the Bears ral­lied to beat No. 10 Louisville 66-63 af­ter trail­ing by as many as 22 points late in the first half.

Bay­lor had trailed by eight at halftime in its At­lantis opener against VCU and then by three to Michi­gan State be­fore tak­ing over each game in the sec­ond half. This time the Bears trailed 39-24 at halftime and by 54-32 with 10:07 left.

“We’ve been a sec­ond­half team all tour­na­ment,” coach Scott Drew said, “but that one took it to ex­tremes.”

Af­ter get­ting shut down early, the Bears (6-0) shot 65 per­cent af­ter halftime.

Tour­na­ment MVP Johnathan Mot­ley scored 15 points.

Dono­van Mitchell scored 17 points for Louisville (5-1).

“Any­time a team doesn’t get in the right de­fense, the right press, you know it’s men­tal and phys­i­cal fa­tigue,” Car­di­nals coach Rick Pitino said. “But I didn’t make the sub­sti­tu­tions. It’s my fault.”

In the third-place game, No. 24 Michi­gan State (4-3) got 21 points from Miles Bridges and held off Wi­chita State 77-72. Tem­ple pulls up­set: Obi Ene­chionyia had 22 points and 12 re­bounds to lead Tem­ple to an 81-77 up­set of No. 19 West Vir­ginia in the cham­pi­onship game of the NIT Sea­son Tip-Off in New York.

Af­ter stop­ping No. 25 Florida State on Thurs­day, the Owls (4-2) beat two Top 25 op­po­nents on con­sec­u­tive cays.

Ene­chionyia was named the most out­stand­ing player of the two-day tour­na­ment.

Alani Moore II added 18 points for the Owls, while Daniel Dingle had 15 and Quin­ton Rose 12.

De­spite hav­ing four play­ers finish in dou­ble-digit scor­ing, West Vir­ginia (4-1) lost for the first time this sea­son. Esa Ah­mad led the Moun­taineers with 19 points.

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