Timely outside shooting and aggressive interior play by senior forward Austin Miller helped San Clemente trim the deficit to five, 33-28 at the half. Miller wound up tying for game-high scoring honors with Notre Dame forward Cameron Glassen at 17 points.
Nick Crankshaw, who finished with 14 points, kept San Clemente in the game during the third period with drives to the basket and foul shooting. They got as close as four points in the third, but wound up trailing by seven, 51-44, going to the fourth.
In that fourth period, the Tritons quickly closed within three. But Notre Dame built the lead back to seven. Then, for the second consecutive game, it came down to the final minute, when the Tritons had once again cut the gap to three. Unfortunately for San Clemente, Notre Dame responded with a three pointer.
The Tritons were forced to foul the rest of the way, and Notre Dame converted its free throws for the final margin.
Interestingly, San Clemente had three of the games top four scorers. Besides Miller's 17 and Crankshaw's 14, guard Elijah Morris had 15. Notre Dame's No. 2 and 3 scorers each had 11. The difference in the game came down to the fact that Notre Dame grouped the remainder of its eight total scorers between six and eight points, while the other scorers were between two and five.