Down 22, Baylor stuns Louisville
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.