Feb. 21, 2010
PITTSBURGH (AP) -Ashton Gibbs scored 21 points and No. 19 Pittsburgh upset No. 3 Villanova 70-65 on Sunday.
Gilbert Brown added 16 points, including a thunderous dunk off a baseline move with 1:29 left that gave the Panthers (21-6, 10-4 Big East) a six-point lead.
The first meeting between the two teams since Villanova’s dramatic NCAA tournament win last year turned out to be another typical, physical Big East matchup. Last season, star guard Scottie Reynolds’ last-second dash to the basket gave the Wildcats a 78-76 win to send them to the Final Four.
This time, the Panthers built up enough of a cushion to prevent Reynolds from repeating his late-game heroics.
Reynolds finished with 20 points, and his three foul shots with 7 seconds left got the Wildcats (22-4, 11-3) within three, but Pitt withstood Villanova’s late pressure.