Jan. 20, 2010
PITTSBURGH (AP) – Chris Wright scored 27 points and No. 12 Georgetown held No. 9 Pittsburgh scoreless for four minutes while taking control with a late 9-0 run and the Hoyas ended the Panthers’ eight-game winning streak with a 74-66 victory Wednesday night.
Austin Freeman and Greg Monroe added 13 points each, and Monroe fed Julius Vaughn inside for a key basket that made it 66-58 with 3:50 remaining after Vaughn put in a free throw to complete the three-point play. Vaughn scored 11 points.
Gilbert Brown scored a career-high 20 points for Pitt, but the Hoyas (14-3, 5-2 in Big East) ended Pitt’s 31-game home winning streak a season after the Panthers stopped Georgetown’s 29-game run at home by winning 70-54.
Pitt (15-3, 5-1) missed a chance to go 6-0 in the Big East for the first time and lost for only the third time in 13 home games against ranked opponents since the Petersen Events Center opened in 2002.
Pittsburgh led 56-54 on Jermaine Dixon’s 3-pointer with 7:48 remaining, but the Panthers didn’t score again until Brown made two free throws with 3:48 remaining that cut the Hoyas’ lead to 63-58.
Wright hit a 3-pointer that put the Hoyas ahead for good at 59-56 before Wright and Freeman dunked on successive possessions to finish a decisive run that began with Monroe’s two free throws.
Pitt hadn’t lost at home since a 75-73 loss to Louisville on Feb. 23, 2008. The Cardinals led Pitt by five points in the final minute Saturday, but the Panthers came back to win 82-77 in overtime.
Georgetown shut down Pitt’s leading scorer, Ashton Gibbs, by limiting him to eight points–9.5 below his average–on 3 of 16 shooting, including 2 of 8 from 3-point range. Gibbs also was the primary defender on Wright, who repeatedly hurt the Panthers inside and out by scoring from the perimeter or driving the lane.
Wright scored 12 points in the first half as Georgetown, coming off an 82-77 loss to No. 4 Villanova, made its first five 3-point attempts while taking leads of 19-11 and 25-17. The Hoyas finished 7 of 10 from beyond the arc. But Gibbs hit a pair of 3s during a 10-2 Pitt run that tied it at 27–Gibbs’ one brief burst of the game–and it was 31-all at the half.
Wright’s early scoring was a good omen for the Hoyas, who dropped their previous three to Pitt. Georgetown is 13-0 when Wright scores in double figures but has lost all three games–to Villanova, Marquette and Old Dominion – in which he didn’t.
Dixon added 14 points for Pitt, but Gibbs, Brad Wanamaker and Nasir Robinson weren’t much of a factor offensively against the Hoyas’ zone defense. Gibbs came in averaging 17.5 points, while Robinson scored a career-high 26 points against Louisville and Wanamaker scored 20.
Gibbs and Wanamaker (4 of 12) were a combined 7 of 28 as Pitt shot 45.6 percent.