SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Carleton Scott had an uneven, uneventful game for Notre Dame before overtime. In those extra 5 minutes, Scott took over.
Ben Hansbrough scored 25 points and Scott had nine of his 16 points in overtime Wednesday night to lead Notre Dame (No. 7 ESPN/USA Today, No. 8 AP) to an 89-79 win over Louisville (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today, No. 16 AP).
Tim Abromaitis added 23 points for the Fighting Irish (20-4, 9-3 Big East), who extended their overall win streak to six games and their home streak to 17.
"We just came out and took it," Scott said. "We had to let it all hang out and go for it."
This was the fifth overtime game in the last nine meetings between the two teams. Louisville beat the Irish at home last year in double-overtime.
Preston Knowles, the Cardinals' leading scorer at 14.9 points a game, returned to the starting lineup after missing a home win over DePaul on Feb. 5. and finished with 13 points.
"They got everything going their way and they just couldn't be stopped," Knowles said.
Notre Dame scored the first 14 points of overtime after Scott hit a 3-pointer to start the extra period. Scott added a three-point play to put the Irish up by eight with 3:12 left.
"We were fabulous in overtime," Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. "I though Carleton had a slow game, but when he had that clean look to start overtime, there was no second thought when he rose up to take that one."
Scott then grabbed an offensive rebound and dunked the putback, and Ben Hansbrough drove the lane for a layup with 1:06 left to push the Irish lead to 14.
"Everything went bad, including the tip," Louisville coach Rick Pitino said. "We got the tip but tipped it to the wrong guy and they made a 3.
"I think we fatigued a bit."
In the final minute of regulation, Knowles missed a 3-point attempt and Hansbrough knocked the rebound out of bounds with 25.6 seconds left. Louisville had a chance to win it, but Knowles missed again from long range to send the game to overtime.
"I told the guys, 'We're probably lucky to be here, so let's go out and win it," Brey said
Kuric vaulted over Scott Martin near the end of the first half and dunked with eight-tenths of a second to play. Martin was whistled for a foul, but Kuric picked up a technical on the play. Abromaitis hit both free throws and Kuric hit his as well to give the Cardinals a 44-40 halftime lead.
"We felt like we should have been down 12," Brey said. "We were counting our blessings."
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