February 18, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers forward Talib Zanna (42) fights for a rebound against Notre Dame Fighting Irish forward Tom Knight (25) and forward Jack Cooley (45) during the first half at the Petersen Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame Basketball Recap: Notre Dame 51-Pittsburgh 42


February 18, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers guard Cameron Wright (3) shoots against Notre Dame Fighting Irish forward Jack Cooley (left) and forward Cameron Biedscheid (1) during the first half at the Petersen Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Following their worst defeat of the season, Notre Dame put their 4-game winning streak against the Pitt Panthers on the line. Coming into this game, Pittsburgh had not beaten Notre Dame since January 31, 2009.

Early on, the game reflected a baseball game as the score was 5-1 heading into the first media timeout. The Fighting Irish only had 3 points when the game hit the under 8 minute media timeout. But then, sparked by a Mike Brey technical foul, the Irish went on a run. They scored 16 points in the last 7 minutes. It was this run that allowed Notre Dame to enter halftime only trailing 22-19.

Brey expanded his rotation to eight players: Cooley, Atkins, Grant, Connaughton, Knight, Sherman, Auguste, Biedscheid. He undoubtedly was attempting to get fresher legs for his players who had played a total of 150 minutes in 3 games.

In the second half, Notre Dame pulled away from the Pittsburgh Panthers who struggled on the glass. Notre Dame out-rebounded the Panthers 36-22.

The Irish were led in scoring by Jerian Grant and Jack Cooley who each scored 13 points on the night.

Notre Dame moves on to play Cincinnati at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 24th in South Bend.

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