Pitt's Season Ends with 67-64 Loss to Notre Dame in 1st Round of ACC Tournament

Notre Dame Takes Advantage of Their Trips To The Free Throw Line

March 06, 2018 - 5:15 pm

Pitt and Notre Dame met for the 2nd time in a week, this time in the 1st round of the ACC Tournament in Brooklyn, New York Tuesday afternoon.  

Notre Dame jumped out to an early 8-2 lead before Pitt battled back with two big 3-pointers from Wilson-Frame and Stewart and a dunk by Terrell Brown to tie the game at 12 just out of the first TV timeout.  After Pitt tied the game, Notre Dame took the lead right back and took advantage of a slight Pitt scoring drought that allowed the Fighting Irish to take a 36-24 lead at the Half.

Pitt had a 28% (9 for 32) field goal percentage in the 1st Half and were led in scoring by Marcus Carr with 6 points and Jared Wilson-Frame with 5 points.  Notre Dame had a 48% (14 for 29) field goal percentage at the half and were led by 10 points from Ferrell and 9 points each from Colson and Pflueger.

Both Pitt and Notre Dame each struggled to score to start the 2nd half, but the scoring starting to pick up around the midway point and a Wilson-Frame lay-up cut the Panthers deficit to 8 as they trailed 42-34 at the 2nd media timeout of the 2nd half.  

A Parker Stewart 3-pointer with just under 10 minutes left cut the Notre Dame lead to three as Pitt trailed 48-45.  The teams traded points the next few trips up and down the floor before Notre Dame was able to extend their lead back to nine, 57-48 with 4:46 to go in the game.

Pitt continued to battle their way back into the game and a Wilson-Frame 3-pointer with 1:18 left in the game cut the Fighting Irish lead to 61-58.  

After Carr hit a 3-pointer to bring Pitt within 2 late, Notre Dame went to the free throw line to hold on to the lead in this game. The Fighting Irish were 26 for 31 from the line in the game compared to Pitt who was 7 for 11.

Pitt hit another three at the buzzer, but fell to Notre Dame 67-64 in the 1st Round of the ACC Tournament.