Pittsburgh withstands N.D.’s mighty Quinn

first_img Ronald Ramon hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 15 seconds left in the second overtime and No. 22 Pittsburgh withstood Quinn’s 37 points and frantic Notre Dame rallies at the end of regulation and the first overtime for a 100-97 victory Wednesday night. “We could have folded a half-dozen times and said it wasn’t our night, but we never did,” said a drained and disappointed Mike Brey, the Notre Dame coach. “I just wish we could have gotten him a win.” PITTSBURGH – No matter what defense Pitt tried against Chris Quinn, no matter what defender was used against him, he made shots – some from beyond the NBA’s 3-point range. But on a night no lead was safe against Notre Dame and its Quinn-led comebacks, what proved the Irish’s undoing was their inability to hold one of their few leads. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The Irish almost did, improbably, in a game they trailed by nine points in the final 45 seconds of regulation and seven points with a minute left in the first overtime. “It’s hard to say you played good defense when somebody scores 37 points, but I thought we did,” Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said. “I’m sure I’ll see that guy scoring in my head the rest of the night. The guy made some unbelievable shots.” Aaron Gray scored a career-high 25 points and Carl Krauser added 21 points before fouling out late in regulation, but it was freshman Sam Young who did much of unbeaten Pitt’s important scoring. He finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds as Pitt opened a season 12-0 for only the fifth time in its 100 years of basketball. Quinn, a senior, scored 30 of his 37 points after halftime, including a remarkable 16 consecutive Irish points late in the second half. Notre Dame (9-3), which came in on a seven-game winning streak, rallied to tie it at 77 on two late 3-pointers by Colin Falls. And, if one comeback wasn’t enough, Quinn then hit a 3-pointer and a driving layup in the final 18 seconds of the first overtime to force another 5 minutes in the Big East Conference opener for both teams. center_img “I haven’t had a game like that since high school,” Quinn said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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