Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Jerian Grant scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half, as No. 25 Notre Dame shook off an incredibly slow start and dumped No. 20 Pittsburgh, 51-42, at Petersen Events Center.
The Fighting Irish were coming off an embarrassing 17-point loss at Providence on Saturday and were facing a similar fate after missing their first 12 field goal attempts against a formidable road opponent.
But Notre Dame (21-6, 9-5 Big East) rallied from an early 16-point deficit and shot 60 percent in the second half to earn its fifth straight win over Pitt.
Grant, after starting 0-for-8 from the field, drained three from behind the arc, including two during an 8-0 run that helped the Irish pull away.
Jack Cooley chipped in 13 points and nine rebounds while Eric Atkins added 10 points and seven assists for Notre Dame, which sits alone in fourth place in the Big East standings and trails the conference leaders by one game.
The Panthers (20-7, 8-6) dropped their second on the heels of a promising 7-1 stretch. Tray Woodall was their only player in double figures with 11 points.