Feb. 6, 2000
PITTSBURGH (AP) – Ricardo Greer and Jarrett Lockhart each scored 17 points and helped pull Pittsburgh back from an 11-point deficit to defeat Notre Dame 72-66 in a Big East Conference game Sunday.
Notre Dame’s Troy Murphy led scoring with 20 points, but he couldn’t help his team overcome a 15-0 run by Pittsburgh.
The Panthers were down by 11 early in the second half when Lockhart scored a 3-pointer that cut Notre dame’s lead to 39-34. Murphy responded by scoring four points to give the Fighting Irish a 43-34 lead with 16:20 left in the game.
The Panthers (10-9, 2-6) then scored 15 straight points, nine on contested 3-pointers by Lockhart, Greer and Jeremy Holmes, who was scoreless in the first half but finished with 10 and six assists.
Pittsburgh, which outrebounded Notre Dame 43-30, took a 49-43 lead on Brandin Knight’s driving layup at 11:32.
The Panthers kept their lead over Notre Dame (14-9, 5-4), but the Irish cut it to 54-53 behind points scored by Murphy and Mike Monserez. Knight hit a 3-pointer and Chris Seabrooks hit a layup off a pass from Holmes to put Pittsburgh up 59-53 with 5:48 to go.
Seabrooks scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds.
Notre Dame, on three consecutive 3-pointers, got to within 68-66 with :28 to go, but Pittsburgh hit four free throws, two each by Seabrooks and Lockhart, to seal the win before a sellout crowd of 6,798 at Fitzgerald Field House.