College Basketball: Notre Dame Beats Louisville 104-101 in 5OT Thriller

Alex PetermanCorrespondent IIIFebruary 10, 2013

SOUTH BEND, IN - NOVEMBER 29: Kapron Lewis-Moore of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team cheers before the basketball game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center on November 29, 2012 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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An exhilarating Saturday night basketball contest just ended after going into 5OT. Yes, that’s five overtimes. You read that correctly.

The Louisville Cardinals visited the home of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in a college basketball game of two top-25 teams—Louisville being ranked No. 11 before the game, and Notre dame No. 25.

The Fighting Irish proved their name, as they truly fought their way to a tiring, exciting victory as the overtimes started to feel like a second game happening before the eyes of college basketball fans.

For Notre Dame, the points were spread around by several players, including a team-leading 19 from Jerian Grant. Garrick Sherman added 17 off the Notre Dame bench.

Chane Behanan led the way for the Cardinals. Scoring an astounding 30 points, he made 65 percent of his two-point shots. He also shared a team-leading 13 rebounds with fellow center Gorgui Dieng.

Luke Hancock added 22 points off the bench for Louisville.

Down 60-54 in the second quarter with 33 seconds to go, a three-point jump shot by Notre Dame’s Grant, followed by a layup and a free throw, paved the way for overtime.

Eight, seven, eight, and 10 points were scored by each team in the first four respective overtimes, as the game easily ran past midnight.

The score of 104-101 ran final at 12:39 a.m. EST, capping a game fought hard by both sides.