Cardinals wilt down the stretch; lose to Notre Dame 71-59

03/04/2015 09:25 PM

In the end, Notre Dame was too strong for 16th ranked Louisville, storming the KFC Yum! Center on a snowy night and leaving with a 71-59 victory.

The game featured a number of runs, but UofL trailed throughout the majority of the game. The Cards finally retook the lead midway through the second half, but the Fighting Irish used a 7-1 run to break the game open.

Junior forward Montrezl Harrell led all scorers with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Terry Rozier and Wayne Blackshear both added 11 points, but neither had particularly efficient outings. Rozier struggled through the night, shooting 4-15 from the field, while Blackshear got off to a quick start but only scored once in the second half.

Unlike last weekend’s win at FSU, the Louisville role players were not much of a factor. Quentin Snider, Chinanu Onuaku, Anas Mahmoud, Anton Gill and Mangok Mathiang all combined for just 14 points, 4 assists and 7 rebounds.

Demetrius Jackson scored 21 to lead the Irish and was one of four players in double figures.

The win guarantees the 25-5 Irish (13-4 ACC) at least a number 3 seed in next week’s ACC Tournament. Meanwhile, the Cards slide into a fourth place tie with North Carolina. Only the top four teams in the league get a double-bye in the conference tournament.

It does not get any easier for Louisville going forward. The second-ranked Virginia Cavaliers will be in town for the season finale on Saturday. Tip-off is 6:30 p.m. ET.

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