Two BIG EAST teams were in action on Sunday, as DePaul dropped a game in overtime to Stanford, and Notre Dame knocked-off Wisconsin to win the Old Spice Classic.
The Irish (7-0) defeated Wisconsin 58-51 to win the 2010 Old Spice Classic. Notre Dame used an 11-0 run at the end of the first half to take a 22-19 halftime lead. The Irish trailed by as many as eight in the first frame, down 19-11 with four minutes to go, but a tough 2-3 zone shut the Badgers out for the remainder of the half.
Wisconsin held the advantage for the majority of the second half, leading by as many as 11. Notre Dame fought back, using a small lineup to create opportunities on the offensive end. The Irish drew even on a Scott Martin free throw, and Tim Abromaitis gave Notre Dame its first lead since the 19-minute mark, scoring on an offensive put-back two minutes to go to gain a 51-49 edge. Abromaitis was named MVP of the championship, finishing the game with 10 points and nine rebounds.
Ben Hansbrough sealed the game, stripping Wisconsin guard Jordan Taylor on a 3-point attempt with 30 seconds left and converting a lay-up on the other end plus a foul to put the Irish up eight. Carleton Scott and Eric Atkins led the team with 12 points apiece.
DePaul (1-4) lost a closely contested overtime contest, 81-74, to Stanford in the 76 Classic. The Blue Demons trailed by only one point in overtime after a Brandon Young three-point play narrowed the Stanford lead to 71-70 with 2:31 remaining. Young, a freshman, finished with 15 points and leads the team with a 12.8 points per game average.
The Cardinal went on a 6-0 spurt over the next 1:30 of the game, getting four free throws from Dwight Powell to extend the advantage to seven. Stanford would hold on for the win. Jimmy Drew led DePaul in scoring, coming off the bench for 17 points including five 3’s.