Top 25 men: Brey's technical sparks Irish comeback vs. Pitt

2013-02-19T00:00:00Z Top 25 men: Brey's technical sparks Irish comeback vs. PittThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 19, 2013 12:00 am  • 

PITTSBURGH - A self-professed "raving lunatic" while watching his team score just three points over the first 13:54 of the game, Notre Dame coach Mike Brey wasn't considering the potential consequences when he gave referee John Gaffney an earful.

"I was just so frustrated," Brey said. "... He probably could have thrown me out because I stayed after him and he looked away, so I thank him for that."

The No. 25 Irish might want to thank Brey for the resulting dramatic swing of momentum after an atrocious shooting start.

Jerian Grant and Jack Cooley scored 13 points each and Irish rallied from down 16 to beat No. 20 Pittsburgh 51-42 on Monday night.

The Irish missed 18 of their first 19 shots and trailed 19-3 after two free throws by Tray Woodall - resulting from Brey's technical.

But Notre Dame closed out the first half on a 16-3 run and continued to ride the momentum in the second half to win going away.

Notre Dame (21-6, 9-5 Big East) has won five in a row over Pittsburgh (20-7, 8-6) and snapped a tie with the Panthers for fourth place in the conference.

• No. 13 Kansas State 71, West Virginia 61: In Manhattan, Kan., Will Spradling scored 19 points and the Wildcats used a big first-half run to ruin the return of Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins to the school he helped rebuild in 2006-0 7.

Kansas State (21-5, 10-3) slipped into first place in the Big 12 by a half game over ninth-ranked Kansas and No. 14 Oklahoma State.

Deniz Kilicli led West Virginia (13-13, 6-7) with 14 points.

Ex-Duke star dies

DURHAM, N.C. - Duke says former star captain Phil Henderson has died.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski said Monday that Henderson's mother told him that her son died Sunday at his home in the Philippines at the age of 44. No cause of death was given.

Henderson was the leading scorer on the 1989-90 Duke team that lost to UNLV in the national title game. He averaged 18.5 points that year and scored 22.3 points in tournament play.

The guard was taken by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round of the 1990 NBA draft but played internationally as a pro.

Big Ten showdown

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Tom Izzo put it best.

"It doesn't get any better or bigger than this," the Michigan State coach said.

Tonight at the Breslin Center, Izzo's No. 4 Spartans will host the No. 1 Indiana Hoosiers - led by his former assistant and good friend, Tom Crean.

It's the third matchup of top-four teams this season. First place in the Big Ten will be at stake.

Indiana had 43 first-place votes to keep the No. 1 spot in the AP poll for the third straight week. Miami had 20 No. 1 votes and moved up one spot to second. Gonzaga, with two No. 1 votes, climbed two slots to third.

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