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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 10-of-21.

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