Notre Dame shocks Louisville in 5-OT thriller

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Updated: February 10, 2013

Louisville and Notre Dame have been known to
battle into overtime the last few years, but Saturday’s meeting was one for
the record books.

The thrilling Top-25 matchup lasted five overtimes — the longest regular
season game in the Big East’s storied history — with the 25th-ranked Fighting
Irish somehow battling back from eight down in the final minute of regulation
to steal a sensational 104-101 victory over the 11th-ranked Cardinals.

Jerian Grant erupted for 11 points in the final 42 seconds of regulation, and
Louisville was unable to answer on its last possession before the overtime
bonanza began. The Cardinals actually had a chance to pull out the win at the
end of the first four overtimes, but came up empty each time.

Eric Atkins, who played an epic 60 minutes, put in a go-ahead bucket late in
the fifth overtime, and the heavy-legged Irish (19-5, 7-4 Big East) held on
from there to the thrill of the Purcell Pavilion crowd.

It was the sixth time in the last eight meetings these programs played past
regulation.