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ND upsets Kentucky 64-50

Eric Atkins scores 16 points as Notre Dame upsets Kentucky 64--50
Posted on Nov. 29, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.

NOTRE DAME — Notre Dame gave No. 8 Kentucky nine minutes to pull away.

The Irish upset the Wildcats (4-2) 64-50 Thursday in a “blackout” game at the Purcell Pavilion, featuring black uniforms on the court and black t-shirts in the crowd.

The Irish (7-1) were only hitting 35 percent of their shots, while Kentucky was hitting 50 percent and scoring from the free throw line.

Then Notre Dame guard Eric Atkins sank a 3-pointer, giving the Irish a 15-14 lead. Notre Dame didn’t trail the rest of the game.

While the rest of his teammates struggled to score early, Atkins almost single-handily kept the Irish afloat, scoring 11 of Notre Dame’s first 15 points.

The crowd — led by several members of the Notre Dame football team — was electric from Atkins’ 3-pointer on, rattling the young Kentucky squad.

Notre Dame led 36-25 at the half before embarking on a 10-0 scoring run midway through the second half, leading by as many as 20 points.

Atkins led the Irish with 16 points (7-of-11 from the field), while Jerian Grant and Jack Cooley pitched in 13 points apiece. Freshman Cameron Biedscheid finished 4-of-6 for 10 points, including two 3-pointers.

Julius Mays led Kentucky with 16 points.

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 FILE - In this Nov. 20, 1964, file photo, Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian, left, and team captain James Carroll are shown during a practice session in South Bend. Notre Dame was at rock bottom when Ara Parseghian took over 50 years ago. The Irish finished the season 2-7 in 1963 and the only thing that kept them from matching the worst record in school history set in 1956 was the game against Iowa was cancelled because of the assassination of John Kennedy.  (AP Photo/Charles Knoblock, File)

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