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Top Five: Overtime games in college basketball

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Notre Dame's five-overtime victory over Louisville on Saturday takes its place among the most memorable college games that needed an extra session. Here's the list:

5. North Carolina 54, Kansas 53 (3OT) » The 1957 NCAA championship game was tight much of the night. Kansas center Wilt Chamberlain had a game-high 23 points, but he fouled Joe Quigg with six seconds left in the third overtime for what proved to be the winning free throws.

4. Notre Dame 104, Louisville 101 (5OT) »

Notre Dame's Garrick Sherman didn't play in regulation yet still wound up with 17 points and six rebounds Saturday night. The Irish trailed by seven with less than a minute remaining in regulation, but Jerian Grant scored 12 points in a 23-second span.

3. Syracuse 127, Connecticut 117 (6OT) » In this 2009 Big East tournament game, Syracuse did not lead in any of the first five overtimes but took control in the sixth. Point guard Jonny Flynn played 67 minutes and finished with 34 points and 11 assists.

2. N.C. State 103, Maryland 100 (OT) »

It wasn't just for the ACC championship in 1974; it was for an NCAA tournament berth. The Terrapins could not stop center Tom Burleson, who played the best game of his career with 38 points and 13 rebounds. Prompted in part by No. 4 Maryland missing the tournament, the NCAA expanded the field to 48 teams a year later.

1. Duke 104, Kentucky 103 (OT) » In this 1992 region final, Kentucky took a one-point lead with 2.9 seconds left. But Grant Hill inbounded the ball three-quarters of the court to Christian Laettner at the foul line. He faked, turned and buried the jumper at the buzzer.

- John Keim

jkeim@washingtonexaminer.com

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