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Notre Dame 68, Clemson 64 (2 OT)

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[February 12, 2014]  SOUTH BEND, Ind.  Notre Dame 68, Clemson 64 (2 OT): Freshman Steve Vasturia scored 11 points  including two 3-pointers in the second overtime  to help the Fighting Irish edge the visiting Tigers.

Eric Atkins led Notre Dame(13-12, 4-8 ACC) with 16 points while Zach Auguste added 14 points and a team-high 12 rebounds. Pat Connaughton scored 13 points, grabbed seven rebounds, dished out seven assists and hit two free throws with 18 seconds to go in the second overtime to clinch the game for the Irish.

K.J. McDaniels had a monster game for Clemson (15-8, 6-5), tallying 30 points, 14 rebounds, five blocks and three assists before fouling out in the closing seconds. Rod Hall added 12 points but the Tigers were hurt by 34.3 percent shooting from the field, including 7-of-29 from 3-point range.

The first half of the game was close throughout, with Notre Dame taking control with a 10-2 run late in the half to hold a five-point lead at intermission. It was like that throughout the second half before the Irish looked to hold the edge after holding Clemson scoreless for more than five minutes and taking a seven-point lead with less than three minutes to play.

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The Tigers scored the next seven points, with Rod Hall tying the game with a free throw with four seconds to play and sending the contest to overtime. Notre Dame again looked poised to take control in a low-scoring extra period with a four-point lead with 24 seconds to play, but Hall's layup and two free throws by Landry Nnoko sent the contest to a second overtime tied at 60.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Irish hit 5-of-21 from 3-point range. This was Notre Dame's longest contest since a five-overtime victory over Louisville last February. Clemson's last double-overtime game was a January 2006 loss to North Carolina State. The Tigers committed just eight turnovers.

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