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Peyton Siva, Louisville shut down Notre Dame 64-50 to reach 3rd Big East final in 4 years
NEW YORK (AP) ' Peyton Siva played another near-flawless floor game, Gorgui Dieng scored 16 points and Louisville dominated No. 23 Notre Dame 64-50 on Friday night to reach the Big East tournament championship game for the third time in four years.
The cat-quick Cardinals held the Fighting Irish without a field goal for the final 12 minutes in the first half and advanced to play Cincinnati on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. The fourth-seeded Bearcats, a first-time finalist, upset No. 2 Syracuse 71-68 in the first semifinal, handing the top-seeded Orange their second loss of the season.
Seventh-seeded Louisville (25-9), looking for its second tournament title since joining the league for the 2005-06 season, denied Notre Dame again in its quest to make the championship game for the first time. The third-seeded Fighting Irish (22-11) fell to 0-5 in the semifinal round ' all under coach Mike Brey.