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Irish slow it down to stun Pitt

Notre Dame’s Carleton Scott, left, gets into Gilbert Brown’s face during the first half. The Irish held Pitt to 40 percent shooting.

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Notre Dame’s Carleton Scott, left, gets into Gilbert Brown’s face during the first half. The Irish held Pitt to 40 percent shooting.

PITTSBURGH — Ben Hansbrough and Notre Dame made Pittsburgh feel the burn Monday night.

Hansbrough had 19 points, Carleton Scott had 16 and the 15th-ranked Fighting Irish beat No. 2 Pittsburgh 56-51, snapping the Panthers' 20-game home winning streak.

Employing a methodical, plodding game plan they call "burn," the Irish won their third straight game in the series against Pittsburgh and picked up their first victory at the Petersen Events Center. The Panthers won 51 of their previous 52 home games.

"This was the first time we committed to an all-out 'burn,' and we beat Pitt doing it two times last year," said Hansbrough, who shot 8-of-14 from the field. "This is probably the best win I've had … maybe ever."

Scott made 5 of 6 3-pointers as Notre Dame (17-4, 6-3 Big East) earned its first road win. Reserve Scott Martin made three 3-pointers and had 10 points.

"We knew if we didn't concentrate at the end of the clock, we would lose here by 15 like everybody else does," Irish coach Mike Brey said. "They're hard to guard. They're really hard to keep off the boards. This was the absolute road challenge for us."

Gilbert Brown had 13 points for the Panthers (19-2, 7-1), who shot 40 percent (18-of-45).

Pittsburgh's Brad Wanamaker said he knew what to expect from the winding shot clock on Notre Dame's opening possession.

"From the jump, I knew they were going to do it," Wanamaker said. "For them, it's worked the past three games."

ECKERD 64, FLA. TECH 59: Lance Kearse, Walade Wade and Dale Carn scored 10 each as the host Tritons (14-4, 5-3 Sunshine State) won their third straight game.

NO. 16 MINNESOTA: Senior point guard Al Nolen will have surgery on his broken right foot and may be out for the season.

AP POLL: No. 22 FSU entered for the first time this season and No. 24 Florida for the first time since the week of Dec. 20. Vanderbilt entered at No. 19, and West Virginia, Cincinnati and Saint Mary's fell out. Ohio State was again an easy No. 1.


NO. 21 FSU 66, NO. 16 MIAMI 59: Natasha Howard and Alexa Deluzio scored 12 each for the host Seminoles (16-4, 4-1 ACC), who overcame 29 turnovers to snap a 17-game winning streak by the Hurricanes (18-2, 4-1).

NO. 24 OHIO ST. 81, NO. 18 IOWA 67: Jantel Lavender scored in double figures for the 121st straight game with 22 points as the host Buckeyes (13-6, 4-3 Big Ten) avenged an earlier loss to the Hawkeyes (15-5, 3-4).

NO. 5 TENNESSEE: Senior guard Angie Bjorklund has a sprained right foot, and her status is unknown.

AP POLL: Miami was ranked 16th and FSU 21st. Baylor remained No. 1.

Irish slow it down to stun Pitt 01/24/11 [Last modified: Monday, January 24, 2011 11:48pm]
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