Alex Dragicevich hit four 3-pointers and scored a career-high 22 points to lead host Notre Dame to a 72-59 win over No. 22 Pittsburgh on Tuesday night in the Big East opener for both teams.
Jerian Grant added 15 points and nine assists, and Eric Atkins also scored 15 points for the Fighting Irish (9-5, 1-0), who trailed 26-25 at intermission but rallied with a 18-for-25 performance from the field in the second half.
The loss was Pitt’s second straight after a 59-54 loss to Wagner at home on Friday, while Notre Dame extended its home winning streak to 28 games.
Talib Zanna had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Panthers (11-3, 0-1), who shot 40 percent from the field (24 for 60). Nasir Robinson and Ashton Gibbs added 12 points apiece for Pitt.
Dragicevich, Grant and Atkins each had just five points in the first half for Notre Dame, which was outrebounded 39-30 but made up for it with seven 3-pointers -- compared to just one for Pitt on 14 attempts.
(23) VIRGINIA 69, MD-E. SHORE 42 -- Mike Scott scored 10 of his 17 points during a 12-point spurt early in the second half to help Virginia overcome a sluggish start.
Darion Atkins added 13 points and Joe Harris had 10 for Virginia, off to an 11-1 start for the first time since the 2000-01 season. The host Cavaliers were playing their first game since KT Harrell and redshirt freshman James Johnson announced last week they were transferring. It hardly mattered against the Hawks (3-10), who trailed 30-20 at halftime and saw it quickly get out of hand in the second half.
Hillary Haley led the Hawks with 11 points.