2:16a.m. EST February 10, 2013
Louisville and Notre Dame should just agree to start their basketball games in overtime.
For the sixth time in their last eight meetings, they couldn’t settle the outcome in regulation. But for the first time in the history of either program, they needed five overtimes to determine the winner.
The Fighting Irish finally emerged with a 104-101 victory over the No. 12 Cardinals, thanks to five points in the fifth overtime by Eric Atkins. It was easy for observers to appreciate the instant classic — the longest regular-season game in Big East history — they just watched.
It was not so easy for the Cardinals, who still haven’t won in South Bend since 1994.
Both teams are now 19-5 overall and 7-4 in the Big East Conference.
“It was a typical Notre Dame-Louisville game. They just made some incredible shots,” said Louisville coach Rick Pitino, who mistakenly referred to it as a four-overtime game. “…We’ve got to give them a lot of credit because I’ve never seen shots like that, and I’ve been coaching a long, long time.”
Three of the first four extra periods followed the same pattern. Louisville would grab a lead, only to see the Irish tie it late. In the third overtime, Chane Behanan tied the score by making 1 of 2 free throws with 16 seconds left. He finished with a career-high 30 points and added 15 rebounds.
Louisville built a four-point lead with 56 seconds left in the fourth overtime, but Garrick Sherman scored on consecutive tip-ins to force the fifth extra period. The reserve didn’t check in until the second overtime, yet finished with 17 points and six rebounds.
“We’re just disappointed. We had so many chances to win that game and didn’t execute the way we would have liked,” said Luke Hancock, who finished with 22 points before fouling out in the final overtime. “So it is tough to see if it was a good game from somebody watching. It was definitely tough for us.”
Both teams kept looking to make one play that would win the game, and the Irish, leading 102-100, appeared to get it when Atkins stripped Russ Smith on a drive and the ball went out of bounds off Smith’s knee.
But Atkins then missed two free throws. Montrezl Harrell had a chance to tie it, but he also missed a pair. Atkins was fouled again, and this time he made 1 of 2 for a three-point edge with 19 seconds left.
Smith was fouled on a drive and made 1 of 2 free throws. The Irish added one, and Smith missed a 3-pointer from the left wing in the final seconds.
Playing even one overtime seemed improbable when Louisville held a seven-point lead with 1:14 left in regulation.
That’s when Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant made three 3-pointers — his only threes all night — in the final minute. With 16 seconds left he was content to drive and should have been left free once he got a step on Smith. But Wayne Blackshear came across the lane trying to draw a charge. Blackshear was called for a blocking foul, and Grant’s two free throws tied it at 60.
“Things happen, Wayne tried to make a big play,” said Behanan. “Give credit to the Grant kid.”
For the third time in three weeks, the Cards couldn’t win the game on their final possession in regulation. Just as in the loss to Syracuse, Peyton Siva drove the lane and dished to Gorgui Dieng, who didn’t cleanly catch the ball and couldn’t get a shot off.
The Cards again had a chance to win at the end of the first overtime, but Smith walked the ball up the floor with 11.7 seconds left, let the clock run down and launched a 3-pointer from 25 feet that missed.
Smith redeemed himself in the second overtime, not with a shot, but with a pass. The Irish had been leaving Louisville shooters alone in the corner, and Smith found Kevin Ware there.
Ware, who entered the game just 6 of 16 from behind the arc this season, drilled his seventh to give Louisville a 73-72 lead with 1:58 left. Smith also chipped in a pair of free throws for a three-point lead.
In a game destined to keep going, Irish freshman Cameron Biedscheid tied the game with a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left.
Smith again had the ball for the final possession and this time he drove, but he missed a floater and Behanan missed the tip.
Jerian Grant was born on October 9th, 1992 according to http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/player/_/id/51374/jerian-grant
October 9th, 1992
10 + 9 +1+9+9+2 = 40 = his life lesson = Doing his part.
October 9th, 1992
10 + 9 = 19 = his core number = It’s his time to shine. Proud of his hard earned success.
October 9th, 1992
10 + 9 +2+0+1+2 = 24 = his personal year (from October 9th, 2012 to October 8th, 2013) = Dominating. In charge. Taking charge.
24 year + 2 (February) = 26 = his personal month (from February 9th, 2013 to March 8th, 2013) = Fans. Popular. In the news. Making headlines.
26 month + 9 (9th of the month on Saturday February 9th, 2013) = 35 = his personal day = Notre Dame outlasts Louisville.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
159915 79152 54
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