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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.

 Michigan defensive end Brennen Beyer (97), defensive back Delonte Hollowell (24), and running back De'Veon Smith (4) celebrate in the stands with student fans after beating Appalachian State 52-14 in an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)

Updated on Aug. 31, 2014 at 4:18 p.m.
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