Men's Basketball

Notre Dame knocks off No. 2 Pitt

Ben Hansbrough (23) leaped toward his Notre Dame teammates after they upset Pittsburgh 56-51 Monday night.
Ben Hansbrough (23) leaped toward his Notre Dame teammates after they upset Pittsburgh 56-51 Monday night. AP

Ben Hansbrough scored 19 points, Carl Scott had 16, and No. 15 Notre Dame upset No. 2 Pittsburgh 56-51 on Monday night.

Scott went 5-for-6 from three-point range as Notre Dame (17-4, 6-3 Big East) earned its first road win of the season. Reserve Scott Martin made three threes and finished with 10 points.

Gilbert Brown had 13 points for the Panthers (19-2, 7-1), who shot 40 percent (18-for-45) from the field in their first conference loss of the season. It also was Pitt's first home loss since Jan. 20, 2010, against Georgetown.

Notre Dame trailed 28-23 at halftime, but Hansbrough made a jumper with 9:25 left to tie it at 39, kicking off a 9-2 spurt for the Fighting Irish. Scott capped the run with a four-point play, making a three as he was fouled by Ashton Gibbs.

Brad Wanamaker, who had 12 points for Pittsburgh, converted a layup to trim Notre Dame's lead to 54-51 with 1:28 remaining, but Hansbrough scored in the final seconds to help the Irish hang on.

Hansbrough also had seven assists, and Scott added nine rebounds for Notre Dame, which shot 49 percent (19-for-39).

The loss came on the same night the Panthers reached No. 2 in The Associated Press Top 25 for the first time since March 9, 2009.

State men

Morehead State 50, Ball State 48: Kenneth Faried had 13 points and 15 rebounds, and visiting Morehead State rallied in the second half to beat Ball State.

The Eagles (13-8) trailed for most of the first 30 minutes and by as much as 10 but led the rest of the way after taking their first lead.

Jarrod Jones scored 14 points and had 10 rebounds for the Cardinals (13-5), who had their seven-game winning streak snapped.

Thomas More ranked No. 1

Thomas More's women's basketball team Monday earned the first No. 1 national ranking in school history for any sport.

The Saints were voted No. 1 in the D3hoops.com poll, receiving 15 of a possible 25 first-place votes and a total of 598 points. The Top 25 is voted on by a panel of 25 NCAA Division III coaches, plus sports information directors and media members around the country.

Thomas More (17-0, 9-0 Presidents' Athletic Conference) plays host to Chatham on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. The first 200 fans to enter will receive a free shirt that commemorates the No. 1 ranking.

Ex-Devil Miller honored

Henry Clay graduate Aaron Miller was named the Presidents' Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday. Miller, a senior guard at Thomas More, had 17 points — including the game-winning shot at the buzzer — against Saint Vincent. He followed that up with 17 points and 11 rebounds against Grove City.

Around the nation

West Virginia: Leading scorer Casey Mitchell was suspended indefinitely Monday for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Coach Bob Huggins didn't elaborate in a statement announcing the suspension of the 6-foot-4 senior guard, who is averaging 16.6 points and 3.6 rebounds.

Tennessee: School officials said junior forward Renaldo Woolridge did not commit an NCAA violation when he visited a Knoxville bar over the weekend. The Knoxville News Sentinel reported Woolridge received exclusive access to a portion of New Amsterdam Bar and Grill free of charge to film a music video early Sunday morning, a few hours after the Vols lost 72-61 at No. 5 Connecticut.

Athletics officials interviewed Woolridge and the bar's owner and general manager, who told them the space Woolridge visited is available to Tennessee student groups to use free of charge, and that Woolridge did not perform or shoot a music video while he was there.

Minnesota: Point guard Al Nolen will have surgery on his broken right foot, raising the question of whether he'll be able to play for the Gophers again this season. Coach Tubby Smith said Monday that Nolen's injury will require an operation Wednesday to place a pin in his foot. Smith said it was too soon to speculate about the senior's return, but there are only six weeks remaining until the conference tournament begins.

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