Notre Dame will want this one back, but Saint Joseph's guard Langston Galloway wanted it more. He gave up a tooth for it.
With five minutes remaining in a tight game in the semifinals of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Friday night at Barclays Center, Galloway became tangled up with Notre Dame's Jerian Grant near the 3-point line.
Grant fell on top of Galloway driving his head into the hardwood and knocking out a tooth.
Galloway left the game for only a few moments — less than 30 seconds of game time — and ultimately hit the game-tying shot to send it into overtime where the Hawks won 79-70.
"I dove on the floor and someone jumped on top of me and my face went into the floor," Galloway said. "I got the tooth and they tried putting it back but it hurt too much so they stopped. Hey we won."
While Galloway was an inspiration to his teammates, Ronald Roberts was the driving force behind the win. Roberts scores 21 points and grabbed 16 rebounds.
The outcome shows No. 20 Notre Dame might not be as good as anticipated, at least not at this early stage of the season, and the Hawks could be even better than most believed. Saint Joseph's earned the upset despite its best player and last season's leading scorer, Carl Jones, being suspended.
Galloway's gritty play epitomized the way the Hawks won the game, challenging every shot. Notre Dame went scoreless over the final 4 minutes of regulation and the first 4 minutes of overtime.
The Irish also shot poorly once again. They made 10 of 29 3-pointers in the game and are now shooting 29.8 percent from behind the arc this season. Notre Dame actually took 12 more shots than Saint Joseph's.
Kyle Ringo covers Colorado and the Pac-12 Conference for the Daily Camera in Boulder. Follow Kyle on Twitter @KyleRingo
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