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Louisville dominates Notre Dame in regular-season finale

6:27 PM, Mar 9, 2013   |    comments
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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 eight points.

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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