February 8, 2007
Irish fall short to Chandler, DePaul
ROSEMONT, Ill.-Rob Kurz had the basketball in his hands, just one power move to the bucket away from giving Notre Dame its second road victory in its last three attempts.
But Wilson Chandler, winner of the Wendell Smith Award as the top player in the DePaul-Notre Dame rivalry, redirected Kurz's shot to preserve a 67-66 victory.
"I thought I got hit, I'm pretty sure I got hit. But there's no time to dwell on one play," said Kurz. "The game is 40 minutes long. You can't dwell on a missed call here or there."
There was also the steal by DePaul's Draelon Burns with under 25 seconds remaining and the Irish leading by a point as Notre Dame's Colin Falls tried to bring the ball up court. Burns sent the ball ahead to Chandler, who slam dunked it with 19.8 seconds remaining for the winning score.
Falls, like Kurz, also appeared to get fouled.
"I don't have time to get into officiating, man," said Irish head coach Mike Brey. "(Expletive). Are you kiddin' me? I ain't got time for that."
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