Ohio State vs. Notre Dame final score: Buckeyes win behind improbable comeback

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Down eight with 50 seconds to go, the Buckeyes seemed on their way to their first loss of the season. 11 seconds later, it had all changed.

It was a comeback for the ages Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.

The scoreboard will tell you No. 3 Ohio State beat Notre Dame, 64-61, in the BlackRock Gotham Classic to remain unbeaten. The game tape will tell you that it easily could have been a double-digit Notre Dame win.

The Irish led 58-50 with 50 seconds to play, but a LaQuinton Ross layup brought the Buckeyes to within six. Two straight backcourt steals converted into points made it a 6-0 run in only 11 seconds and cut it to 58-56.

Notre Dame hit two free throws on the other end, but then fouled a three-point shooter on Ohio State's next possession. Lenzelle Smith knocked down all three free throws to make it a one-point game. His layup 16 seconds later put Ohio State up by one with 16 seconds remaining.

In total, the Buckeyes made up nine points in 34 seconds.

After the Smith layup, the Buckeyes made three more free throws to provide the final margin. Ohio State outscored Notre Dame 14-3 in the final 50 seconds.

Jerian Grant led all scorers with 18 points, while Ross led Ohio State with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Ohio State led by seven at halftime until the Irish defense clamped down and eventually put them back on top. They held Ohio State without a field goal for about nine minutes midway through the second half, and it looked like there was an upset in the making.

Grant's three with 1:57 remaining made it 58-50, matching Notre Dame's largest lead. But that was also the Irish's last field goal, and from there it was a miracle minute for Ohio State.

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