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.