Jan. 24, 2009

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -Xenia Stewart hit a pullup jumper from right wing at the final buzzer and No. 25 Pittsburgh held off Syracuse 77-75 on Saturday.

The Panthers (14-4, 4-2 Big East) led most of the way and made six straight free throws to take a 75-70 lead with 1:27 to go. Syracuse (13-6, 2-4) then tied it after Erica Morrow swished a 3-pointer from the top of the key and Chandrea Jones converted a driving layup with 19.7 seconds left.

Pittsburgh called a timeout with 8.6 seconds to go to set up a final shot, and Stewart was left all alone for the winner after the Orange concentrated on Big East scoring leader Shavonte Zellous.

Zellous, who assisted on the winning basket, led Pitt with 15 points on 3-for-12 shooting, Shayla Scott and Taneisha Harrison each had 13, Stewart finished with 11, and Chelsea Cole had nine points and 11 rebounds.

Jones led Syracuse with 23 points, Nicole Michael had 20, and Morrow 16.