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Blair has monster game vs. ND


DeJuan Blair became the first Pitt player in nearly 17 years to have 20 points and 20 rebounds in the same game, and No. 3 Pitt overcame a double-figure first-half deficit to beat slumping Notre Dame, 93-80, on Saturday afternoon at Petersen Events Center.

Notre Dame (12-8, 3-6) hit 11 3-pointers in the first half and led 20-10 seven minutes into the game and 45-39 at halftime.

But Pitt (19-2, 7-2) opened the second half on a 22-6 run to take command of the game and send the reeling Irish to their fifth loss in a row.

Blair finished with 23 points and 22 rebounds to record the first 20-20 game since Chris McNeal had 27 points and 20 rebounds against Boston College on March 3, 1992.

It only the seventh 20-20 game in NCAA Division I this season.

Sam Young finished with a season-low five points on 2 of 11 shooting, but the other Panthers picked up for the All-Big East forward. Levance Fields had 17 points and seven assists, and Jermaine Dixon (17) and Brad Wanamaker (13) and Ashton Gibbs (13) also scored in double figures for the Panthers.

Luke Harangody led Notre Dame with 27 points and 11 rebounds.



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