Boxscore
Notre Dame 57, South Florida 53
Thursday, March 8, 2012 9:00 PM
Location - Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Officials - Bob Donato, Pat Driscoll, John Gaffney
Attendance - 20057

Final Scoring Summary

FinalOT 1 2 X T
South Florida 26 19 8 53
Notre Dame 28 17 12 57

Recap


Notre Dame 57, South Florida 53 (OT): An Eric Atkins 3-pointer in the final minute of overtime proved to be the dagger as Notre Dame delivered a blow to South Florida's NCAA at-large hopes in quarterfinal play at the Big East tournament at New York.

The third-seeded Fighting Irish (22-10) will face Louisville in the second semifinal contest Friday night.

Ahead by just one point late in the extra frame, Notre Dame came up with a big defensive stop when Jack Cooley blocked an Augustus Gilchrist layup attempt with just over a minute to go. With the shot clock running out at the other end, Atkins drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key to give the Fighting Irish a 54-50 cushion with 30 seconds remaining.

South Florida (20-13) took an early 20-8 lead before going scoreless for more than nine minutes as Notre Dame netted 18 consecutive points to go ahead by six with 3:54 left in the first half.

The Fighting Irish then went nearly 10 minutes without a field goal in the second half, but the Bulls were unable to pull ahead by more than five during that span and Notre Dame reclaimed the lead, 42-41, on consecutive 3-pointers by Alex Dragicevich and Pat Connaughton.

Connaughton and Jerian Grant paced Notre Dame with 12 points apiece. Victor Rudd Jr. led all scorers with 16 points in defeat.

GAME NOTEBOOK:
Notre Dame posted a 67-65 double-overtime victory at Louisville on Jan. 7 ... The Fighting Irish improved to 9-1 against South Florida ... The Bulls lost despite making 8 of 17 3-point shots (Notre Dame was 8 for 16) ... South Florida attempted just five free throws, making three ... Notre Dame has never reached the Big East tournament final.

South Florida Bulls

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Hugh Robertson 30:00 3-7 0-1 2-2 0 1 1 2 0 0 2 0 8
Augustus Gilchrist 35:00 3-11 1-1 1-2 2 5 7 0 2 0 1 2 8
Victor Rudd 41:00 6-13 4-7 0-0 1 6 7 0 4 0 1 1 16
Anthony Collins 41:00 6-11 1-2 0-0 0 3 3 7 2 5 4 1 13
Ron Anderson 28:00 1-5 0-0 0-0 1 3 4 0 2 0 1 0 2
Jawanza Poland 22:00 1-5 1-3 0-1 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 3
Toarlyn Fitzpatrick 24:00 1-2 1-2 0-0 0 7 7 0 4 0 0 1 3
Blake Nash 4:00 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 225 21-55 8-17 3-5 4 26 30 11 17 5 9 5 53
  38.2% 47.1% 60.0% Team Rebs: 8   Total TO: 9

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Scott Martin 45:00 4-9 2-4 0-1 1 11 12 2 3 1 3 0 10
Jack Cooley 33:00 4-9 0-0 1-2 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 3 9
Eric Atkins 43:00 2-9 1-3 1-4 1 3 4 6 1 2 2 1 6
Jerian Grant 45:00 3-9 2-4 4-4 0 3 3 6 1 1 2 0 12
Pat Connaughton 37:00 3-6 1-3 5-6 1 5 6 0 1 0 1 0 12
Tom Knight 8:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 0
Alex Dragicevich 14:00 2-4 2-2 2-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 8
TOTAL 225 18-46 8-16 13-19 3 26 29 15 9 4 8 5 57
  39.1% 50.0% 68.4% Team Rebs: 0   Total TO: 8
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