SOUTH BEND, Indiana (AP) – Freshman and hometown star Blake Wesley hit a pull-up jumper in the lane with 11.7 seconds left and Notre Dame defeated No.10 Kentucky 66 -62 Saturday.
Wesley broke a 62-62 tie and Dane Goodwin added a dunk when time ran out, prompting fans to storm the Purcell Hall pitch. The Irish scored the last five points in the 1:31 final.
Notre Dame (4-4) ended a three-game losing streak in its first game of the season against a ranked team. The Wildcats (7-2) had won seven in a row.
Wesley and Goodwin each scored 14 points for the Irish, who wiped out a 53-48 deficit with an 11-1 push.
Trey Wertz added 12 points for Notre Dame and Paul Atkinson had 10.
Oscar Tshiebwe scored 25 points for Kentucky. He was 11 of 14 on the field with seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks.
Keion Brooks added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Wildcats.
Kentucky: The Wildcats had enjoyed a loose schedule since their 79-71 season opener loss to No.3 Duke in New York, and until Saturday they hadn’t even played a real game on the road. It has caught up with them and is getting more difficult now. Next Saturday’s game against No. 21 from Ohio State will be followed by the hosting of his rival Louisville (6-3).
Notre Dame: ND’s pursuit to regain national relevance has received a boost. The Irish, trying to avoid a losing third season in four years, have only beaten a ranked side for the second time in their last 30 tries dating back to November 2017.
Kentucky: The Wildcats face the 21st Ohio State on Saturday in Las Vegas in their first game against a ranked opponent since the start of the season.
Notre Dame: The Irish face Indiana in the 11th annual Crossroads Classic and final scheduled for Indianapolis next Saturday afternoon. The event also includes the No. 1 Purdue and Butler.
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