No. 16 Pittsburgh Beats No. 15 Connecticut 67-57


January 13, 2010

HARTFORD, Conn. — Brad Wanamaker and Ashton Gibbs each scored 19 points and No. 16 Pittsburgh won another Big East road game Wednesday night, beating No. 15 Connecticut 67-57.

The Panthers (14-2) have now won seven straight games and are 4-0 in the conference, with consecutive road wins at No. 5 Syracuse, Cincinnati, and now UConn.

Gilbert Brown added 11 points for the Panthers, who were not ranked at the start of the season.

Stanley Robinson had 19 points for the Huskies (11-5, 2-3), who lost their second in a row, after blowing a 19-point lead at Georgetown on Saturday. Jerome Dyson had 14 points and Kemba Walker added 10 points and seven assists. UConn has yet to beat a ranked opponent this season.

Pittsburgh has won three straight from the Huskies, after winning twice last season while UConn was ranked No. 1.

They outrebounded UConn 40-31, including 26-13 in the second half.

Pitt led most of the game and was up by nine with just under 15 minutes to play, before UConn made its only real run. The Huskies scored 11 straight points, and brought the crowd into the game. A layup by Dyson with 9:40 to play gave Connecticut a 49-48 lead, its first since being up 5-4.

But the Panthers did not wilt. A 3-pointer by Gibbs gave Pitt a 55-51 lead, and his layup after a UConn turnover stretched the lead to six.

The Panthers hit 17 of 20 foul shots, including six straight to close out the game.

Pittsburgh controlled the game early, jumping out to a 18-8 lead. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Brown and Gibbs completed a 14-3 run.

UConn fought its way back behind Robinson's 13 first-half points. His windmill dunk cut the lead to 26-22 with 4 1/2 minutes left in the first half. UConn's Alex Oriakhi had a chance to cut the lead to one, but his dunk came just after the halftime buzzer and Pitt went into the intermission with a 32-29 lead.

This was the 10th time in the last 11 games between the two teams that both were ranked.

UConn's Robinson scored his 1,000th career point on a layup in the first half, becoming the 44th Connecticut player to reach that milestone.

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