Sunday, February 10, 2002

Notre Dame nips Hoyas in 4 OTs


Irish freshman manages to play all 60 minutes

Enquirer news services

        WASHINGTON — Matt Carroll scored seven of his 30 points in the fourth overtime and Notre Dame won its fifth straight, outlasting Georgetown 116-111 Saturday in the highest-scoring game in Big East history.

        This was the first four-overtime game for Notre Dame and Georgetown's first in 48 years.

        Carroll scored the final seven points for Notre Dame (17-6, 7-3) connecting on a 3-pointer and then making four free throws over the final 46 seconds.

        Notre Dame freshman point guard Chris Thomas was the only player to go all 60 minutes. He finished with 22 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds. His jumper with just under two minutes left in the fourth overtime gave the Irish the lead for good at 109-108.

        “All the overtimes we played on pure emotion,” Thomas said after collecting 22 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds.

        “I know my tank was empty. Just playing a regular game with a physical team like Georgetown, they wear your body down.”

        “All the overtimes we played on pure emotion,” Thomas said after collecting 22 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds.

        “I know my tank was empty. Just playing a regular game with a physical team like Georgetown, they wear your body down.”

        Ryan Humphrey, who also made several clutch plays in the overtime, added 23 points and 14 rebounds for Notre Dame.

        Mike Sweetney had career-highs of 35 points and 20 rebounds for Georgetown (14-8, 5-5) but was one of four Hoyas to foul out.

        Wesley Wilson (26 points), Kevin Braswell (12 points, 10 assists) and Gerald Riley (eight points) all fouled out.

        The Hoyas had chances to win at the end of regulation and each of the first three overtimes. Kevin Bras- well hit a jumper in the final seconds of the third overtime, but it was waved off because the shot clock had expired moments before.

        The record for points in a game was 219, set on Feb. 10, 1990, when Pittsburgh beat Providence 117-102 in regulation.

        The Division I record for overtime periods is seven — set on Dec. 21, 1981, when Cincinnati beat Bradley 75-73.

        NOTRE DAME (17-6) — Thomas 7-20 7-8 22, Humphrey 8-23 7-12 23, Carroll 9-18 7-9 30, Jones 3-5 1-3 7, Swanagan 5-7 1-2 11, Cornette 1-1 1-2 3, Graves 6-15 2-2 15, Timmermans 2-5 1-1 5. Totals 41-94 27-39 116.

        GEORGETOWN (14-8) — Braswell 5-19 2-2 12, Bethel 1-6 6-7 8, Riley 2-9 3-4 8, Sweetney 11-25 13-15 35, Wilson 12-21 2-3 26, Freeman 4-8 0-0 8, Faulkner 0-0 0-0 0, Hall 3-5 1-1 10, Hillier 0-0 0-0 0, Thomas 2-3 0-1 4. Totals 40-96 27-33 111.

        Halftime—Notre Dame 48-43. End of Regulation—84-84. 1st OT—88-88. 2nd OT—97-97. 3rd OT—102-102. 3-Point goals—Notre Dame 7-23 (Carroll 5-9, Graves 1-6, Thomas 1-7, Jones 0-1), Georgetown 4-15 (Hall 3-3, Riley 1-3, Thomas 0-1, Braswell 0-4, Bethel 0-4). Fouled out—Timmermans, Swanagan, Braswell, Sweetney, Riley, Wilson. Rebounds—Notre Dame 64 (Humphrey 14), Georgetown 54 (Sweetney 20).

       



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