Cards need overtime to claim win over Irish

Louisville senior guard Taquan Dean drained a last-second three-pointer to send Saturday afternoon's game against visiting Notre Dame into overtime.

Taquan Dean helped the Cardinals claim a crucial Big East Conference win when he connected on a three-pointer at the end of regulation to send the home game against Notre Dame into overtime.

The senior guard scored 20 points in the win, while sophomore David Padgett led the Cardinals with 24. Fellow starters Juan Palacios, Brandon Jenkins and Andre McGee also reached double-figures, helping Louisville to a 89-86 win over the visiting Irish.

With the Cardinals holding a one-point margin with 4:32 remaining in the first half, McGee drained three consecutive trifectas giving U of L it's largest lead of the game at 38-28. Notre Dame closed the opening frame on a 10-6 to close the gap to 44-38 at the break.

Both teams shot 40% or better beyond the arc during the first half, with Louisville connecting on 61.5% of it's shots from the field.

The hot-shooting disappeared during the second half, but Louisville won the important battle of the boards and limited Notre Dame's second chance opportunities.

After grabbing a four-point lead with just over three minutes left in regulation, Louisville needed the last-second shot by Dean to tie the game.

"We wanted to bring him off the double and they were playing to the outside, and if they played it to the outside, we were going to slip Tello to the three," said Rick Pitino of the play. "I asked him why he didn't do it and he said it I didn't want Tello taking the three, I wanted to take the three."

Juan Palacios drained a three-pointer from the corner of the baseline to give the Cardinals an 83-81 overtime lead. Junior Brandon Jenkins added three points and grabbed three of his career-high nine rebounds during the extra five minutes.

"We played probably one of our best games against Villanova, Cincinnati and now," said Pitino. "We're life and death to win at home with a loss on the road. That just tells you how tough it is. We're playing terrific basketball right now. The competition is so keen. It's unbelievable, I've never seen the Big Eeast like this. It's always been great, but it's never been like this, it's truly unbelievable."

Up next for Louisville is a Monday night road trip at rival Cincinnati.

GAME NOTES:

  • Louisville played its first overtime game of the season. The Cards' are 4-4 all-time in overtime under head coach Rick Pitino. It's the first overtime game since a 93-85 win over West Virginia in the NCAA Tournament last season.
  • The Cardinals scored 89 points, which were the most points in the last 12 games.
  • The Cardinals had five players score in double figures for the second straight game and the third time this season.
  • The Cardinals scored 44 first half points, marking the second time in the last 14 games that the Cardinals scored 40 or more points in the first half. Louisville scored 43 against UC-Davis on 1/9/06.
  • Freshman Andre McGee reached a career-high for 3-point field goals made in a game, hitting 4-of-7 attempts. His previous best was three in a win over the College of Charleston on 12/21/05. McGee's 14 points was also a new career-high, besting the 13 he scored against St. John's on 1/17/06.
  • Senior Taquan Dean buried six 3-point field goals in the win over Notre Dame, marking the seventh time this season that Dean connected on four or more 3-point field goals in a game. U of L is 6-1 in those games. He moved into 23rd place in school history with 1,416 points.
  • The Cardinals connected on 13-of-28 3-point field goals against Notre Dame, marking the 10th time this season and the third time in the last four games that Louisville hit double-digit 3-point field goals. The 13 trifectas were a season-high for the Cardinals.

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