PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Jaron Brown and Julius Page did just enough to help No. 15 Pittsburgh remain undefeated.
Brown scored 19 points and Page 18 despite free-throw woes as the Panthers edged Big East Conference rival Notre Dame, 74-71, and extended the nation's longest winning streak to 17 games.
Carl Krauser added 15 points and Chevy Troutman and Chris Taft 10 apiece for the Panthers (17-0, 3-0 Big East), who also ran the country's longest home winning streak to 36 games. Pitt is 30-0 all time at the Petersen Events Center.
The Panthers were clinging to a 67-66 lead when Page was fouled attempting a 3-pointer with 50 seconds left. After making the first attempt, Page missed the next two, but Troutman tipped the rebound of the third shot to Page and he again was fouled. Page split the pair to make it 69-66, and after Notre Dame's Chris Thomas missed a 3-pointer, Taft sank a pair from the line to extend Pitt's advantage to 71-66 with 25 seconds left.
Chris Quinn connected on a 3-pointer to pull the Fighting Irish within 71-69 with 18 seconds left, but Troutman made two free throws two seconds later and Brown stole an errant pass from Thomas and made 1-of-2 from the line with six seconds left to ice the contest.
Brown sank only 3-of-8 free throws and Page 2-of-6 for the Panthers, who made only half of their 22 attempts from the line. The Irish sank just 3-of-8.
Thomas made 7-of-13 3-point attempts and finished with 29 points for Notre Dame (8-4, 2-1), which never has won its first three Big East games in any season. Quinn added 16 points and made 4-of-8 shots from the arc.
The Panthers received just two bench points and the Irish, who used only seven players, only five.
Pitt dominated inside, outscoring Notre Dame in the paint, 46-20, including 30-12 in the second half.
Notre Dame, which held a 31-30 edge at the break, shot 53 percent in the second half (16-of-30) but allowed Pitt to connect at 65 percent in the final 20 minutes (17-of-26).