It took three games, but Notre Dame found its offensive rhythm without forward Luke Harangody, who leads the team in scoring at 24.1 points per game.
The Irish were patient on offense, spread the floor and found the open man in defeating No. 12 Pittsburgh 68-53 Wednesday.
It also helped that Notre Dame (18-10, 7-8 Big East) shot 75 percent from the three-point line in the first half.
"We did a good job of spreading them out," said forward Tim Abromaitis, who scored a game-high 17 points against Pitt (21-7, 10-6). "Without (Harangody) out there, we are going to have to play around the perimeter a bit more, without that presence inside. I think we are learning how to play off each other and find open guys."
Coach Mike Brey said the lesson of how to play without Harangody came from last week's 91-89 double overtime loss at Louisville.
"I do think for this group to play like heck without Luke and battle and different guys being thrown in there, I think it did help us," Brey said. "I talked about how it helped us, instead of it being a loss. It did help us."
Brey also said patience on offense was key in knocking off the Panthers.
"We use the phrase, 'burning,' " Brey said. "Burning is reminding them of a very patient possession. Burning to single-digits on the shot clock is something we've worked on. Burn and then a low-post feed. Burn and then a ball screen. We've really done a very good job of that."
It appears Notre Dame will have to be patient in waiting for Harangody to return.
Harangody, who was named the first member of the school's basketball Ring of Honor before the game, said he isn't sure when he will be able to return from a bone bruise on his right knee.
"I'm just trying to get healthy and come back," Harangody said. "Watching this team win tonight made me feel a lot better."