The entire Notre Dame offense had a night to forget, as it went into halftime trailing by 13 points and started out the second half just as anemic. As a team, the Fighting Irish shot 34.7 percent from the floor and were just 2-for-16 from the three-point line.
Without Whittington, who was suspended indefinitely last week for academic issues, the Hoyas turned to forward Otto Porter, who stepped up in a big way. Porter, the team's leading scorer, finished the game with 19 points, eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks.
Freshman guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera added 14 points for the Hoyas, his second straight game with double-digit points.
It was a big win for the Hoyas who found themselves planted on the bubble, especially after Saturday's loss to South Florida. It was the third loss in four games for Notre Dame.