It didn't look too good for the Irish last night. Pittsburgh had two second half leads of double digits and seemed poised to break Notre Dame's homecourt winning streak. But Tory Jackson had other plans.
Jackson, the smallest man on the floor, had 16 points and 13 rebounds to spark the Irish to the win. After being down 11, Notre Dame got back in the game thanks to some shoddy free throw shooting by the Panthers and long-range shooting by ND.
The spurt that put the Irish ahead to stay was 21-10 down the stretch. A three-point bomb by Kyle McAlarney tied the game and a breakaway dunk by Luke Harangody got the crowd into the game and the Panthers out of the game. Harangody scored the only field goals for the Irish in the last eight minutes and finished with 23 points and 12 boards.
The win is the 20th for the Irish overall and the 10th in the Big East. Next up for Mike Brey's team is Sunday against Syracuse with the Joyce Center tip at 2pm