NCAA Game Summary - Notre Dame at Louisville|
(Saturday, March 9th)
Final Score: (8) Louisville 73, (24) Notre Dame 57
Louisville, KY (Sports Network) - Gorgui Dieng and Peyton Siva came through
with big performances in likely their last home appearances, leading eighth-
ranked Louisville to a 73-57 victory over No. 24 Notre Dame in the final
regular-season matchup for both teams.
Dieng, a junior who's expected to declare for this year's NBA Draft, racked up
20 points on 8-of-11 shooting along with a game-high 12 rebounds, while the
senior Siva delivered 13 points to help Louisville (26-5, 14-4 Big East) to
its seventh consecutive triumph since its epic 104-101 loss to the
Fighting Irish in South Bend on Feb. 9.
That game took a Big East regular-season record five overtimes to decide, but
there was no such drama in the rematch. The Cardinals never trailed at any
stage, owned a 10-point lead at halftime and were ahead by double-digits for
much of the contest.
"I think we did a very good job of attacking zone and attacking man and
working inside and working outside," Louisville coach Rick Pitino said. "We
played really good defense in the first half and the second we did get beat
back door a few times but we made some big plays."
The win earned Louisville a share of the Big East regular-season title with
Georgetown and also locked the Cardinals into the No. 2 seed in the upcoming
Big East Tournament, where it will next take the court in Thursday's
quarterfinals against either Villanova or St. John's.
Garrick Sherman hit on 7-of-10 field goal attempts in a 14-point effort for
Notre Dame (23-8, 11-7), but the Irish struggled offensively for much of the
day and shot just 39.3 percent as a team.
Jerian Grant, who helped spark Notre Dame's comeback in last month's thriller
against the Cardinals, went just 2-of-12 from the floor while finishing with
"You know we kind of ran into a buzz saw today," Notre Dame coach Mike Brey
admitted of Louisville. "We expected a great punch and effort from them. Their
defense really gave us problems the whole afternoon."
The Irish missed out on a chance to earn a double-bye in next week's Big East
Tournament. With the loss, Notre Dame will be seeded sixth in the event and
faces either Rutgers or DePaul in Wednesday's second round.
Notre Dame did stay close early on and trailed by just three after an Eric
Atkins triple just past the midway mark of the first half made it a 22-19
game. Louisville took over from there, however, putting together a 10-2 run
sparked by a pair of Siva treys to build an 11-point advantage with five
minutes remaining before intermission.
Louisville went into the break up by a 37-27 count, with Dieng netting nine
points and Siva eight to lead the charge.
Notre Dame, which overcame an eight-point deficit with under a minute left in
regulation in last month's meeting, made a bid to get back in it via a 9-2
flurry capped by Pat Connaughton's bucket from beyond the arc that cut the
margin to 45-40 with 12:40 left to play.
Louisville responded with a 12-3 spurt over the next 6 1/2 minutes, however,
to take a comfortable 57-43 lead and was never seriously threatened the rest
of the way.
Notre Dame played without forward Cameron Biedscheid, who drew a mandatory
one-game suspension for fighting with St. John's Sir'Dominic Porter in
Tuesday's 66-40 win over the Red Storm ... Connaughton finished with 13 points
for the Irish ... Prior to Saturday's matchup, six of the last eight meetings
in the series had been decided in overtime.
03/09 20:45:11 ET