The University of Notre Dame needed five overtimes to upset 11th-ranked University of Louisville 104-101 in college basketball.
The 25th-ranked Fighting Irish and the Cardinals are tied at 19-5 overall and 7-4 in the Big East Conference after last night’s three-hour and 40-minute game at Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center in South Bend, Indiana.
“Many times it looked like we lost it,” Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said during a televised interview. “We got to a hundred (points) because we played an extra game although it still only counts as one Big East win.”
During regulation play, Notre Dame had a 27-24 halftime lead on Jack Cooley’s jumper and two free throws by Eric Atkins in the final minute. Notre Dame trailed 56-48 with 44 seconds left in the game before Jerian Grant made three 3-pointers, a layup and free throw to tie the game at 60-60 and force overtime.
With two minutes left in the fifth overtime, Atkins hit a jumper for a 100-98 the Fighting Irish the lead. Notre Dame added another layup and free throw to make it 103-100 with 19 seconds left.
Louisville’s Russ Smith hit the first of two free throws with 13 seconds to pull the Cardinals within two points. Notre Dame’s Pat Connaughton then added a foul shot before Smith missed a 3-pointer that would have tied the game.
Grant had 19 points, Garrick Sherman had 17, Connaughton scored 16 and Atkins and Cameron Biedscheid each contributed 14 points for Notre Dame.
Louisville’s Chane Behanan had a game-high 30 points and 14 rebounds, Luke Hancock scored 22, Smith had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Gorgui Dieng tallied 17 points and 13 rebounds.