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No Luke Harangody, no problem. Right? Wrong.

With the City of Pittsburgh preoccupied by the latest installment of Crosby vs. Ovechkin in Vancouver, the Pitt Panthers were quietly getting blown out of the building by the Harangody-less Notre Dame Fighting Irish in South Bend, to the tune of 68-53 on Wednesday night. And really, it wasn't even that close.

Tim Abromaitis scored 17 points, Ben "Brother of Tyler" Hansbrough had 15 points and nine boards, and Tory Jackson had 14 points and seven assists for the Irish, which shot 50% from the floor and 55.6% from three-point land as a team while outrebounding the Panthers 31-21.

As the 53 points would indicate, offense was not coming easily for Pitt on this night. Jermaine Dixon led with 13 points, and Ashton Gibbs' 11 was the only other double-digit performance. For the Panthers, it was the worst offensive output as a team since their 51-points in the West Virginia loss; their 47 points against New Hampshire still sticks out as their offensive nadir in 2009-10.

Gilbert Brown had a forgettable night, going 1-for-7 from the floor and 0-for-5 from outside. But it's unfair to single him out, because no one from Pitt stood out on O. The team only reached the foul line seven times in all on the night, and shot a miserable 4-for-18 from beyond the arc. It was a miserable performance, to say the least.

The Panthers (21-7, 10-5 Big East) will try to rebound on noon Saturday at St. John's (15-12, 5-10). The Red Storm is led by G/F DJ Kennedy, averaging 14.5 points per game.

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JW said...

Classic trap game. Forget about it and move on.

BurressWithButterflywings said...

In the first half, ND was knocking down 3's and I said "just have to weather it, they will eventually start missing". Apparently Pitt had the same attitude because they got outworked and ND was really hitting.

Better to have a night like this in February........

NickDawg said...

I agree w JW, hopefully they can move on mentally after that output. Thank God Olympics and hockey were on bc that game was hard to watch. Nothing went there way and ND was on fire and hitting on all cylinders...not sure if Pitt would have even won that game if they were on...