SOUTH BEND, Ind. — 0-18.
That’s about all that needs to be said about Pitt’s 73-51 loss to Notre Dame on Wednesday night that marked a winless close to the Panthers’ 2017-18 regular season.
The result was far from unexpected, as the Fighting Irish returned Bonzie Colson, the preseason Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year. Colson missed 15 games with a foot injury, but played 21 minutes in his return while scoring 12 points and collecting nine rebounds.
Shamiel Stevenson was Pitt’s best response early in the game, as he scored 10 points in the first half, but Stevenson picked up his third personal foul just before halftime and his fourth just after the break, and was limited after that. He fouled out with 3:07 remaining, having played just 19 games.
The game started out close, but turned when Notre Dame went on a 16-0 run over five minutes just after the midway point of the first half.
Jared Wilson-Frame finished with 20 points, making 5 of 12 from beyond the 3-point arc. Terrell Brown added 10 points, seven rebounds and five blocks.
Pitt will play in the second game of the ACC Tournament at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. They can either play Syracuse for the third time this season, Florida State or Notre Dame, depending on the results of the late games Wednesday.