So much for higher seeds and double byes.
Pittsburgh was the third high seed bounced from the tournament yesterday, joining No. 1 Syracuse and No. 4 Villanova. "So much for the double byes, huh?" joked Notre Dame coach Mike Brey.
The Panthers (24-8), who trailed by eight in the first half, seemed poised to steal the momentum late.
The 6-8, 255-pound senior was by no means as electric as he had been Wednesday, when he scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Irish's 68-56 second-round victory over Seton Hall. But last night he was efficient and effective, scoring seven points in 11 first-half minutes.
Surprisingly, it was Harangody who almost gave away the game. With the Irish (23-10) up by two, he was called for traveling with 1:08 left. But Harangody kept his cool and ultimately sealed the victory when he made two free throws with 15.9 seconds remaining to put Notre Dame ahead 49-45.
"Obviously, when I get that turnover, I'm very upset," Harangody said. "The team puts the ball in my hands in the game. I need to produce in that moment. It was just one of those things, you know, where it happens. And you have to go on to the next play. I didn't put my head down. I said, 'I'm going to make this up to my team.' "
Pittsburgh tried to regroup, but Travon Woodall's layup was blocked by Tim Abromaitis and Gilbert Brown and Jermaine Dixon missed desperation three-point shots in the final seconds.
"Just get a stop," said Notre Dame forward Tyrone Nash (eight points, six assists), who played for Lawrence Woodmere Academy. " . . . That's what we're usually concentrating on. We focused in, we got in the huddle and said, 'Let's get the stop and get this win.' "