Feb. 17, 2010
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP)–Samardo Samuels scored a career-high 36 points, going 16 of 19 from the free throw line, as Louisville outlasted Notre Dame 91-89 in double overtime on Wednesday night.
Louisville’s Reginald Delk answered the run with a four-point play after he was fouled while knocking down a 3-pointer to key a 6-0 run. Neither team lead by more than a single basket the rest of the way.
Tim Abromaitis scored 29 points for the Irish, who were playing without leading scorer and rebounder Luke Harangody for the second straight game. That marked the eighth time this season that Abromaitis has deposited 20-plus points in a game.
Joining Abromaitis in double figures for the Fighting Irish were guards Ben Hansbrough and Tory Jackson, who finished with 21 and 19 points, respectively. Jackson also added a game-high seven assists while playing all 50 minutes. Hansbrough hauled in a team-high eight rebounds in 48 minutes of play. Both teams had 34 rebounds in the game.
Notre Dame had four players foul out in the contest. Tyrone Nash, Jack Cooley, Mike Broghammer and Carleton Scott all were whistled for five fouls each.
Cooley, a freshman forward, played a career-high 19 minutes, while his classmate Broghammer saw 10 minutes of action on the court. Cooley and Broghammer scored two points each. Scott, a junior forward, registered nine points, six rebounds and three blocked shots.
Jared Swopshire scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Louisville (17-9, 8-5), while Edgar Sosa added 12 points.
Tonight was Notre Dame’s first overtime contest since an 87-73 setback at Louisville last season (Jan. 12, 2009). It was the first double-overtime affair for the Irish since falling at Michigan, 87-84, in the second round of the 2006 NIT (March 20, 2006).
Notre Dame (17-10, 6-8) returns to action at home versus Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 7:00 p.m. (ET).