The Fighting Irish topped the Panthers 56-51 at the Petersen Events Center on Monday night.
I am shocked that Pittsburgh would drop a game like this at home against a team that has been up and down in the month of January. Also, Notre Dame is not the best road team in the world. They were winless on the road inside the Big East up until Monday night. Not only have they lost all of their Big East road games, but they have lost these games by double-digits. Then, you throw in the fact that Pittsburgh has won 51 of 52 home games. Shocking? I would say so.
But, I shouldn’t be so shocked it was Notre Dame who beat Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh because they have beaten the Panthers in three consecutive games. Also, they have always played them well and it showed tonight. They almost always (of late) beat them at home so it was surprising to see them take down Pittsburgh on the road. Nevertheless, it was a great road victory in the Big East.
The Fighting Irish (17-4, 6-3 Big East) were down 5 points at half time, but out-scored Pittsburgh by 10 points in the second frame. Ben Hansbrough led all scorers with 19 points while dishing out 7 assists. He was a part of more than half of their total points. Carleton Scott scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Scott Martin also chipped in with 10 points.
Three-point shooting was an asset for the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame made 50 percent (9-18) and Pittsburgh made 40 percent (6-15). They made shots, even without one of their best perimeter players Tim Abromaitis, who scored 2 points.
Pittsburgh (19-2, 7-1 Big East) did not get a great performance from Ashton Gibbs, who only scored 9 points. Gilbert Brown led the way with 13 points while Brad Wanamaker scored 12.
The Panthers will look to bounce back when they travel to Rutgers on Saturday.
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Written by Justin Welton
Born in Franklin, PA. Life-long Pittsburgh sports fan + Boston Celtics. Attending Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Working for WCUC - 91.7 and WCUB-TV. Clarion Call writer for two years.