A brief recap of Saturday’s action must start with the Notre Dame-Louisville five-overtime epic. The two teams had played into overtime in four of the five previous meetings, but they outdid themselves by playing the longest regular-season game in BIG EAST history. Notre Dame prevailed 104-101. The lead changed hands 26 times and there were 16 ties.
Irish guard Jerian Grant scored 12 points in the final minute of regulation to force the game beyond 40 minutes. Reserve forward Garrick Sherman, who did not play in regulation, scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds. Louisville was led by Chane Behanan’s career-high 30 points and 15 rebounds. The game left both teams 19-5 overall and 7-4 in the BIG EAST.
Pittsburgh rallied late to win 62-52 at Cincinnati behind Tray Woodall’s 14 points. Villanova held USF to 23.4 percent field goal shooting in a 68-40 win. Otto Porter scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half to lead Georgetown past Rutgers 69-63. The Marquette backcourt of Vander Blue and Junior Cadougan combined for 35 points in an 89-78 win over DePaul.
The BIG EAST Sunday slate includes Connecticut at Seton Hall and St. John’s at Syracuse. The Huskies are aiming to maintain their winning record in conference play while the Pirates want to break a four-game winning streak. Syracuse will need a win to move back into a first-place tie with Marquette. St. John’s is now in a three-way tie for fifth at 7-4 with Louisville and Notre Dame.