Notre Dame beats Louisville in 5 OTs
SUN-TIMES WIRES February 10, 2013 12:18AM
Updated: February 10, 2013 12:42AM
Eric Atkins made a tiebreaking layup with 1:19 left in the fifth overtime after No. 25 Notre Dame overcame a seven-point deficit in the last minute of regulation, and the Fighting Irish outlasted No. 11 Louisville 104-101 on Saturday in South Bend, Ind.
Russ Smith had a chance to force a sixth overtime, but his three-point attempt missed before Notre Dame students flooded the court to celebrate. It marked the sixth time in the last eight meetings between the Irish (19-5, 7-4 Big East) and the Cardinals (19-5, 7-4) that the game went into overtime.
Jerian Grant, who scored 12 points in the last minute of regulation to help Notre Dame force overtime, led the Irish with 19 points. Garrick Sherman added 17 points, Pat Connaughton 16 points and 14 rebounds and Cameron Biedscheid 14 points for Notre Dame, who played without star forward Jack Cooley for the last 29 minutes after he fouled out.
Chane Behanen had 30 points and 14 rebounds, Luke Hancock 22 points, Russ Smith 21 points
and 10 rebounds and Gorgui Dieng 17 points and 13 rebounds for Louisville.
It was the longest game in Division I since Syracuse defeated Connecticut 127-117 in six overtimes in a Big East tournament quarter-final on March 12, 2009, at Madison Square Garden.