The short-handed Fighting Irish fell to Louisville at home in double overtime 82-78. Notre Dame dropped to 13-6 this season and 3-3 in the ACC.
As you can tell by the headline, it was an exciting game for the Irish going into double overtime but did not hold the result many of us had hoped. It all started in the first half when Notre Dame led 26-16 well into the half. Louisville would not only storm back and tie the game, they would take a 4-point lead with under 60 seconds. When TJ Gibbs missed a three-pointer, John Mooney put it right back up for two making it a 30-28 halftime deficit.
In the second half, Notre Dame had some work to do, but not much. The Irish led by as much as four points with 6:30 left in the game before Louisville would reclaim the lead with under two minutes left. Down by two points in the final sixty seconds, Notre Dame’s chances of winning were slim but possible. After Ray Spalding of the Cardinals fouled Martinas Geben he was sent to the line and hit both free throws to tie the game at 62-62. On the next possession of the game for Notre Dame, they had numerous chances to win the game but missed every opportunity which sent us to overtime.
Then the overtimes rolled around where Notre Dame looked like they were going to win. After Louisville claimed a lead as high as five points early into the first OT, the Irish would respond with a 5-0 run to tie the game at 67-67 with 2:32 left in the overtime. That run would extend to 9-2 where Notre Dame held a two-point lead with under sixty seconds to go. Louisville had the ball with 49 seconds left and hit a jumper with just 30 seconds left to tie the game at 71-71. Notre Dame had the ball immediately following and another chance to win. The Irish held on to the ball longer than they should have, as Matt Farrell missed a three-pointer with 3 seconds left sending the game to a second overtime. In the second overtime, Louisville would start out hot and would finish well defeating the Irish.
Matt Farrell finished with a team-leading 23 points along with 3 rebounds, 8 assists, and 2 steals. Martinas Geben added 22 points, 17 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal making a nice duo. TJ Gibbs added 12 points, while John Mooney chipped in 8.
Points: Notre Dame 78, Louisville 82
FG%: Notre Dame 30-79 (38.0%), Louisville 30-61 (49.2%)
3P%: Notre Dame 11-38 (28.9%), Louisville 7-20 (35.0%)
FT%: Notre Dame 7-11 (63.6%), Louisville 15-17 (88.2%)
Rebounds: Notre Dame 48, Louisville 34
Assists: Notre Dame 17, Louisville 14
Steals: Notre Dame 9, Louisville 6
Blocks: Notre Dame 3, Louisville 4
Notre Dame will face Clemson on the road Saturday at 4:00 PM Eastern. The game will be televised by ESPN.