After back-to-back conference road losses in which Notre Dame never led, the Irish were in need of a victory Wednesday night.
And they got that and a little bit more in a 66-58 win over No. 25 Cincinnati in Purcell Pavilion.
Not only did the No. 16 Irish stop their slide, they also got senior forward Carleton Scott back.
Scott had missed the last four games with a slight tear in his left hamstring and wasn't expected to be able to play until a Feb. 3 road game against DePaul.
But six minutes into Wednesday's victory, Scott was on the floor and drained a three-pointer in a game-changing 13-0 run that led to Notre Dame improving to 15-4 for the season and 4-3 in Big East play.
"He is one of our most competitive guys, he's got a great spirit and he's another leader we were missing," Ben Hansbrough said. "It's great to have him back."
Scott hit a three-pointer in the first and second half to finish with six points. He also had two rebounds, an assist and a blocked shot.
"I've been in the gym, I wasn't able to run and jump, but I was still able to shoot free throws and keep my form," Scott said. "The hardest thing to work on was my timing for rebounds and defense. You can't really simulate that on your own. I felt good. I've been in the gym working on my game as best I can, dealing with the injury, and I'm feeling good."
Scott played 15 minutes coming off the bench, but he could return to the starting lineup as early as Saturday when Notre Dame plays host to Marquette. Scott said he thinks he will be 100 percent by the weekend.
The Golden Eagles defeated the Irish 79-75 Jan. 10 to start Notre Dame's two-game slide.
"Let's get him ready and get him back in the starting lineup," coach Mike Brey said of the plans for Scott. "If he's ready to go, we'll get him back in there for (freshman guard Eric Atkins), and we'll bring Eric off (the bench) like we were. We will examine that over the next two days.
"(Scott) was a key for us tonight. Just his presence on the court as a leader and a voice, I think really helped the rest of his teammates."
Notre Dame's five starters all scored in double digits against Cincinnati (16-3, 3-3) led by Hansbrough's and Tyrone Nash's 13 points each. Tim Abromaitis scored 12 points, and Atkins and Scott Martin each scored 11.