Louisville, KY (Sports Network) - Gorgui Dieng and Peyton Siva came through
with big performances in likely their last home appearances, leading eighth-
ranked Louisville to a 73-57 victory over No. 24 Notre Dame in the final
regular-season matchup for both teams.
Dieng, a junior who's expected to declare for this year's NBA Draft, racked up
20 points on 8-of-11 shooting along with a game-high 12 rebounds, while the
senior Siva delivered 13 points to help Louisville (26-5, 14-4 Big East) to
its seventh consecutive triumph since its epic 104-101 loss to the
Fighting Irish in South Bend on Feb. 9.
That game took a Big East regular-season record five overtimes to decide, but
there was no such drama in the rematch. The Cardinals never trailed at any
stage, owned a 10-point lead at halftime and were ahead by double-digits for
much of the contest.
The win also locked Louisville into the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Big East
Tournament, where it will next take the court in Thursday's quarterfinals.
Garrick Sherman hit on 7-of-10 field goal attempts in a 14-point effort for
Notre Dame (23-8, 11-7), but the Irish struggled offensively for much of the
day and shot just 39.3 percent as a team.
Jerian Grant, who helped spark Notre Dame's comeback in last month's thriller
against the Cardinals, went just 2-of-12 from the floor while finishing with
The Irish missed out on a chance to earn a double-bye in next week's Big East
Tournament. With the loss, Notre Dame will be seeded sixth in the event and
faces either Rutgers or DePaul in Wednesday's second round.
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