Notre Dame 87, Canisius 81 (OT)
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[December 30, 2013]
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame 87, Canisius 81 (OT):
Eric Atkins scored 30 points, including a huge 3-pointer with 15 seconds
left in overtime, as the Fighting Irish posted a hard-fought home win.
Atkins made 10-of-14 shots from the field, including 6-of-8
3-pointers, and Garrick Sherman added 17 points and 10 rebounds for
Notre Dame (9-4), which was playing its first game since leading
scorer and captain Jerian Grant announced that he was leaving school
for academic reasons. Senior forward Tom Knight — one of two players
named a co-captain in Grant's place — was added to the starting
lineup and chipped in four points and four boards.
Billy Baron scored 33 points to lead Canisius (8-5), which had won
five of its last six games. The Golden Griffins scored the final
five points of regulation, including a three-point play by Baron to
tie it with 1:04 remaining.
Atkins opened the scoring in overtime with two foul shots and
Sherman's three-point play snapped a 77-77 tie with 2:43 to go.
Baron made a layup and two free throws to draw the Golden Griffins
within 82-81 with 45 seconds left, but Atkins knocked down a
3-pointer on the other end and Demetrius Jackson sealed it with two
late foul shots.
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Atkins' free throw initially put the Fighting Irish ahead
73-68 with 1:53 remaining in regulation. Chris Manhertz' dunk
began the late comeback for Canisius, which held Notre Dame
without a field goal over the final 3:30 of the second half.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Notre Dame also announced this week that
redshirting sophomore F Cam Biedscheid was transferring. ...
Canisius scored 14 of the game's first 19 points and led 33-31
at halftime. ... Both teams fared well from behind the arc, as
the Fighting Irish were 8-of-19 and the Golden Griffins were
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