NCAAB Game Recap - Pittsburgh at Notre Dame
Wed Feb 5, 2020 6:30 PM EST

Wake
76
Lou
86
F
Vill
76
Butl
79
F
Seton
78
GTown
71
F
IaSt
61
WVU
76
F
Iowa
68
Purd
104
F
LSU
90
Vand
99
F
Crei
56
Prov
73
F
LoyIL
39
IndSt
68
F
Pitt
72
ND
80
F
Mercer
57
Furm
79
F
Clem
44
UVA
51
F
Duques
82
StLou
68
F
SCar
70
Miss
84
F
SIU
64
Evans
60
F(OT)
Bingha
49
Albany
62
F
W IL
69
IPFW
75
F
Woff
79
VMI
73
F
Maine
52
Vermt
77
F
ETSU
80
Chat
64
F
UMassL
70
Stony
77
F
GrgWas
47
StBon
72
F
Citad
68
UNCG
88
F
Amer
62
Navy
54
F
Hartfo
59
UMBC
70
F
Colg
81
Leh
51
F
FlAtl
50
FlInt
69
F
UGA
75
Fla
81
F
Boston
80
Army
66
F
LoyMD
74
HolyC
60
F
Nich
64
SFA
70
F
WCU
78
Samf
70
F
AbCh
69
NWSt
73
F
Temp
65
Mem
79
F
TCU
57
OkSt
72
F
SamH
71
InWor
72
F(OT)
NDSt
86
NebOm
78
F
McNee
62
TXAMC
69
F
NrthIA
63
Valpa
51
F
IlSt
60
MOSt
80
F
HBU
79
SeLA
76
F
CenAR
67
Lamar
74
F
NCSU
83
Mia-FL
72
F
Wisc
52
Minn
70
F
Brad
60
Drake
73
F
UCRiv
48
CS-Ful
61
F
LongB
75
CAPoly
92
F
UNLV
54
UtSt
69
F

Feb 5, 2020, 6:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Pittsburgh (14-9)

33

39

72

Notre Dame (14-8)

42

38

80

Gibbs' 21, Mooney's double-double lead Irish past Panthers
Wed Feb 5, 2020 9:48 PM

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) After T.J. Gibbs and John Mooney kept the offense rolling in a third straight home victory, Mike Brey is anxious to see how his Notre Dame team fares in the heart of the Atlantic Coast Conference's Tobacco Road.

"Johnny and the guys talk about February being our month; I'm on the train, too," Brey said after Gibbs scored a game-high 21 points and Mooney had 17 points and 10 rebounds for his 18th double-double Wednesday in Notre Dame's 80-72 victory over Pittsburgh.

"I think our frame of mind ... how we're playing ... I'm excited about it," Brey said as Notre Dame (14-8, 5-6 ACC) begins a three-game, seven-day stretch that will take them to Clemson Sunday, Virginia Tuesday and Duke a week from Saturday.

Gibbs, who hit 8-of-13 shots including 5-of-8 from the 3-point line as Notre Dame made 10 of 27 (37%), is excited as the Irish shot 46% overall and won the rebound battle 40-34 against the Panthers (14-9, 5-7).

"I don't want to say too much because I don't want to jinx it," Gibbs said. "It starts on the defensive end. We have to come out with the same energy, the same intensity."

Mooney scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while 6-foot-11 center Juwan Durham had 11 points on 5-for-5 shooting plus three blocks in 19 minutes and Nate Laszewski added 11 points off the bench. The Irish led by as many as 19 points.

Justin Champagnie had 20 points, Xavier Johnson 17 and Trey McGowens 15 for the Panthers (14-9, 5-7).

"Notre Dame is a really, really good offensive team," Pittsburgh coach Jeff Capel said of the Irish. "They got into a good rhythm in the first half that gave them separation, and you can't give a team that shoots so well seven 3s in the first half. That's what hurt us."

Prentiss Hubb, who had nine points and seven assists, hit his second 3-pointer of the first half with one second remaining to give Notre Dame a 42-33 halftime lead. Gibbs had 11 points, Laszewski contributed nine and Mooney had eight for the Irish, who shot 14 of 28 from the floor despite enduring a 4:20 drought.

The Irish built the lead to 11 early in the second half. After Pitt drew within 49-44, the Irish went on a 9-0 run over 1:52 with a three-point play by Hubb, two free throws by Dane Goodwin, a dunk by Laszewski and a basket by Goodwin to make it 58-44.

Champagnie ended a 3:13 scoring drought for Pitt, but the Irish led 60-46. After Mooney completed his double-double with his 10th rebound, a Gibbs 3-pointer from the corner gave the Irish a 65-48 lead. A Goodwin jumper made it 69-50 with 7:18 remaining.

BIG PICTURE

Pittsburgh: The Panthers were looking for their second road victory in the ACC but came up empty. After winning at North Carolina 73-65 in early January, Pitt has now dropped road contests at Miami, Syracuse, Duke and Notre Dame. A pair of lengthy scoring droughts - 4:21 in the first half and 3:13 in the second -- doomed the Panthers.

"We have to do a better job minimizing our mistakes, especially on the road," Capel said after his team had nine turnovers, seven in the first half. "And we have to figure out a way to get some better starts."

Notre Dame: The Irish, who entered the game averaging just 9.7 turnovers a game, committed eight in the first half but cleaned things up in the second half, making just four more and finishing with 12. The Irish, who led the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio with 1.78, had 19 assists on their 30 baskets.

It was the fifth game of 80 or more points for the Irish, who entered the game averaging 78.2 points per game in the ACC, second only to Duke.

"Their defense bothered us early, but I thought we adjusted and were really poised," Brey said. "We were confident that offensively they probably couldn't stay with us. A great win and a great home stand and we're within shouting distance."

UP NEXT

Pittsburgh: Saturday versus Georgia Tech in the first of two straight home games.

Notre Dame: Sunday at Clemson in first of three straight road games.

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Leaders

Pittsburgh PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
A. Coulibaly 0 0 0 0 0 0
O. Ezeakudo 0 0 0 0 1 0
Notre Dame PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. Gibbs 21 0 4 3 1 0
J. Mooney 17 0 1 10 2 1

Team Comparison

Pitt ND
Points For 72 80
Field Goals 26/62-42% 30/65-46%
Three Pointers 8/19-42% 10/27-37%
Free Throws 12/16-75% 10/12-83%
Offensive Rebounds 12 15
Defensive Rebounds 22 25
Rebounds 36 46
Blocks 5 5
Steals 8 5
Turnovers 9 12
Personal Fouls 12 13
Technical Fouls 1 1
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - ND Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Feb 5 Pitt 72 @ ND 80 G. Drumgoole Jr. 3 N. Djogo 2

Game Information

Stadium: Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center, Notre Dame, Indiana
Attendance: 6,534
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