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Notre Dame guard Jerian Grant, right, drives the lane as DePaul guard Cleveland Melvin defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond) (AP)
Notre Dame survives another trip to overtime in win over DePaul
Posted on Feb. 13, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

NOTRE DAME — Notre Dame survived another overtime bout to win its third straight home game Wednesday night, Feb. 13.

This time, it only took one extra period instead of five.

The Irish weathered DePaul’s 11-point second-half comeback to win 82-78 in overtime Wednesday at Purcell Pavilion.

After a sluggish start, the Irish (20-5, 8-4 Big East) found their legs to enjoy a 43-32 lead at halftime. But all of Notre Dame’s effort collapsed early in the second half when DePaul (10-14, 1-10) embarked on an 11-1 scoring run to tie the game and eventually take the lead.

The Irish regained the lead off an Eric Atkins jumper in overtime and never trailed again.

Jerian Grant led the Irish with 21 points and nine assists while Jack Cooley pitched in a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Brandon Young led the Blue Demons with 20 points.