Bearcats Win Thriller Over Notre Dame

CINCINNATI (AP) - Yancy Gates got his own miss and put it back

in with 2.4 seconds to go Saturday, giving Cincinnati a 60-58

victory over Notre Dame in a game where football was never far from


There were 11 lead changes and six ties in the second half, the

final one when Ben Hansbrough hit a pull-up jumper that made it

58-all with 22.6 seconds to go. After a timeout, Cincinnati got the

ball to Deonta Vaughn, who drove and passed to Gates for the

deciding shot.

It was the first time Cincinnati (12-6, 3-3 Big East) played

Notre Dame since Brian Kelly left to become the Irish football

coach. Cincinnati used the occasion to honor its Sugar Bowl team,

which sat in the stands and was introduced on court at halftime.

One student held up a sign that said: "Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy

Neighbor's Coach."

Notre Dame (14-4, 3-2) was led by Tim Abromaitis' 16 points.

Luke Harangody had 14 points on 5-of-20 shooting.

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