Postgame Notes - No. 3 Notre Dame 57, No. 6 USF 53
Records: Notre Dame (22-10); USF (20-13)
Notre Dame advances to the BIG EAST Championship semifinal round to face Louisville Friday. The Irish were 67-65 winners at Louisville in double-overtime Jan. 7
Notre Dame improved to 3-0 in overtime games this season. USF fell to 0-2 in overtime games.
Notre Dame will make its third straight appearance in the BIG EAST Championship semifinals and its fifth semifinal appearance overall. The Irish are 0-4 in the semifinals.
The game was Notre Dame’s second consecutive overtime contest in the BIG EAST Championship. The Irish lost to Louisville 83-77 in overtime in the 2011 semifinals. It was the first overtime game for USF in the BIG EAST Championship.
Tonight’s game was the third overtime game of the 2012 BIG EAST Championship, matching the most in tournament history (1998, 2011).
Notre Dame had an 18-0 run spanning 8:20 of the first half.
Notre Dame didn’t commit its first foul until the 2:23 mark of the first half.
USF outscored Notre Dame 20-8 to start the first half. Notre Dame outscored the Bulls 20-6 to close the half.
USF scored 20 points in the first 7:18 of regulation and 25 points in the final 32:42 of regulation.
Notre Dame’s Scott Martin registered his third double-double of the season and the fourth of his career. Martin had 10 points and 11 rebounds.