DePaul vs Notre Dame

No. 21 Notre Dame needs overtime to knock off DePaul


SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame was still recovering from its marathon victory four days after beating Louisville. The Fighting Irish had just enough to edge DePaul in overtime for the second time in 11 days.

The 21st-ranked Irish looked to be cruising to victory Wednesday night when DePaul used an 11-1 run to take the lead. The Blue Demons led by as many as three points, but couldn't hold on as Notre Dame rallied to beat DePaul 82-78.

Unlike Saturday when the Irish needed five overtimes to finally top Louisville, they only needed one against DePaul.

"That's really as big a win as Saturday, when you turn around and dig one out when it doesn't look good at times," Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said.

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Jerian Grant scored 21 points, including a big three-point play in overtime, to lift the Irish (20-5, 8-4 Big East). Grant, who scored 12 points in the final minute of regulation against Louisville, came up big in overtime this time.

Pat Connaughton hit a 3-pointer to give the Irish a 74-70 lead. After Brandon Young hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to one-point, Grant got the rebound of a miss by Atkins and scored, then made free throw and the Irish made 5-of-6 free throws in the final 21 second to hang on.

"It is tough," said Cleveland Melvin, who led DePaul with 23 points. "We were fighting the entire second half, but it is tough to get over the hump in overtime."

The Irish needed to overcome 10 turnovers and 39 percent shooting in the second half as they appeared to run out of energy.

"We turned the ball over a little bit. They got some easy buckets. They just started hitting their shots," said Notre Dame guard Eric Atkins, who had 13 points and nine assists.

The Irish weren't helped by a lethargic crowd of 8,554, with less than half of the student section filled.

"I feel like going into the dorms and chasing some of my students down," Brey said. "I thought we deserved a little more from our legion given the show we gave them Saturday night."

Grant said it was a tough game coming off the game against Louisville.

"We could have been tired and just said we'll let one get away, but for this team to come back and go into another overtime and pull it out is definitely mentally tough," he said.

The Irish improved to 3-1 in overtime games this season and played back-to-back overtime games for the first time since 1999-2000.

"Their record won't say it, but they're a good team and they can score the ball," Grant said.

Brandon Young added 20 and Donavan Kirk added 16 as DePaul lost its ninth straight.

DePaul coach Oliver Purnell was encouraged the Blue Demons gave the Irish a better challenge than it did on Feb. 2, when they lost 79-71.

"I'm not happy with it. I'm encouraged our guys continue fight and continue to get ready," he said.

Jack Cooley, who had 11 points for the Irish, said the Irish learned something with the victory.

"We have learned that we are in great shape and that we can play through being tired," he said.

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Notre Dame's Jerian Grant scores 21 points, including a big three-point play in OT of the Fighting Irish's win over DePaul. (US Presswire)
Notre Dame's Jerian Grant scores 21 points, including a big three-point play in OT of the Fighting Irish's win over DePaul. (US Presswire)
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Notre Dame #21 (20-5) «43231682
DEPAUL:C. Melvin 23 Pts
DEPAUL:D. Kirk 4 Reb
DEPAUL:W. Clahar 7 Ast
ND:J. Grant 21 Pts
ND:J. Cooley 10 Reb
ND:E. Atkins 9 Ast

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DePaulNotre Dame
Brandon Young
Jerian Grant
DePaul Blue Demons
C. Melvin, F4011-210-042323
B. Young, G407-143-446220
D. Kirk, F397-120-140216
J. Crockett, F274-90-042510
C. McKinney, G251-30-03332
W. Clahar, G342-51-22745
D. Robertson Jr., C70-10-01000
E. McGhee, G50-10-00100
D. McDonald, G40-10-00020
P. Ryckbosch, F41-10-01022
S. Pirri, FDid Not Play
M. Morgan, FDid Not Play
M. Clemons, FDid Not Play
C. Dolins, GDid Not Play
D. Marrero, FDid Not Play
J. Price, G-FDid Not Play
Totals 33-684-723212378
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
E. Atkins, G425-120-159113
J. Grant, G426-138-1059021
J. Cooley, F375-86-7100216
P. Connaughton, G-F302-42-24037
T. Knight, F292-81-28125
C. Biedscheid, F212-33-41107
G. Sherman, C143-51-24117
Z. Auguste, F103-30-04016
S. Martin, GDid Not Play
M. Broghammer, FDid Not Play
J. Brooks, GDid Not Play
P. Crowley, GDid Not Play
A. Burgett, FDid Not Play
E. Katenda, FDid Not Play
Totals 28-5621-2841211082
Big East
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Seton Hall0-05-148
St. Johns0-05-125

TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Notre Dame0-06-033
Florida St.0-05-091
N. Carolina0-05-038
Miami (Fla.)0-04-068
Boston College0-05-1128
Va. Tech0-04-1117
Georgia Tech0-03-1112
NC State0-05-266
Wake Forest0-02-4291
Other games
CHAR 71 Final
NEB 47 Final
IND 76
SYR 58 Final
MIAMI 74 Final
FSU 68
OKST 91 Final
UCF 71 Final
UNC 68 Final
NMEX 54 Final
SDSU 60 Final
CSU 66
ORE 65 Final