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Irish score 15 3-point shots, beat Louisville 82-70

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Louisville guard Noah Locke (0) passes the ball past Notre Dame guard Prentiss Hubb (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Louisville guard Noah Locke (0) passes the ball past Notre Dame guard Prentiss Hubb (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

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Blake Wesley scored 22 points and Notre Dame sank 15 3-pointers in an 82-70 victory over Louisville on Saturday.

Wesley was one of four Notre Dame players with three 3-pointers and the Fighting Irish had a total of 15 of 23 attempts for 65%. They shot 67% overall against the best defense in field goal percentage in the Atlantic Coast Conference (40.1).

Dane Goodwin and Paul Atkinson Jr. added 13 points each, Prentiss Hubb 12 and Trey Wertz had nine to eclipse 1,000 for his career. The Irish (12-6, 5-2) have won eight of their last 10 games and snapped a six-game losing streak against the Cardinals (11-8, 5-4).

Louisville’s Jarrod West made all four of his 3-point attempts and scored 14 points, but all of them came in the first half. Malik Williams added 11 points. The Cardinals shot 47% overall and 48% from 3-pointers (10 of 21).

Dre Davis returned to start for Louisville after missing the Cardinals’ previous game against Boston College with a right ankle injury. He scored seven points.

Trailing by three, Cormac Ryan of Notre Dame hit a 3-pointer to tie, Wesley followed with two more from the arc and the Fighting Irish were on their way to a 20-3 run and a 14-point lead with 4:20 remaining.

Atkinson scored the first five points of the second half in a 10-2 run as the Fighting Irish erased a seven-point halftime deficit and took a brief lead. It was the first of nine chances to lead into halftime before Notre Dame went on their decisive run.

The Cardinals led 45-38 at halftime when they made 9 of 13 3-point attempts on 7 of 9 for Notre Dame.

At halftime, Louisville retired Russ Smith’s No. 2 jersey. He is the Cardinals’ fifth-leading scorer with 1,908 and steals the leader with 257, playing from 2010 to 2014. He is the fifth Cardinal to have his number retired.

Louisville is in Virginia on Monday. Notre Dame hosts North Carolina State on Wednesday.

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