Cormac Ryan scored 19 points and Prentiss Hubb had 17 points and nine assists at field height, leading the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to an 84-58 win over hosts Pittsburgh Panthers in an ACC game on Saturday night.
This was Notre Dame’s first win over Pitt by more than 20 points since 1999.
Dane Goodwin added 16 points and nine rebounds as the Irish (6-9, 3-6 ACC) have won for the third time in their last four games. Notre Dame also received 14 points from Juwan Durham.
The Panthers (8-5, 4-4) have lost their third game in a row.
Pitt’s Justin Champagnie, who led the ACC on points and rebounds, had another big game. He scored 19 points, a game of 11 boards, two steals, and two blocks, and earned his seventh double-double in his 11 games that season. He made 8 out of 20 points from the ground, including 2 out of 6 on 3 pointers.
However, no other Pitt player posted a double-digit result.
Ryan, who missed Notre Dame’s previous game with a sprained ankle, came off the bench and made 7 out of 8 shots, including 5 out of 6 3 pointers.
The first half, which saw eight changes in leadership and five draws, ultimately fell in favor of Notre Dame, who scored an advantage of 41-29 during the break.
Champagnie had 15 points and eight rebounds in half, but the rest of the Pitt team only scored 14 points combined. As a team, Pitt only shot 32.4 percent off the ground in the first half, including 4 against 18 with 3 pointers (22.2 percent). Notre Dame shot 56.7 percent in the first half, 6 against 12 with 3 pointers.
Xavier Johnson, who led the ACC in assists (6.3), was fouled 11:28 in the second half. Johnson was hit with two fouls in the same game, one personal and one technical, after briefly fighting with Notre Dame’s Nikola Djogo.
By then, Notre Dame was leading 64-44 and the game was practically over.
For the game, Notre Dame shot 56.1 percent, including 13 against 24 with 3 pointers (54.2 percent). Pitt shot 31.5 percent, of which 8 against 26 with 3 pointers (30.8 percent).