Jan. 19, 2013
PITTSBURGH - Lamar Patterson scored 14 points, Tray Woodall added 13 points and six assists and Pittsburgh withstood a late rally by the University of Connecticut men's basketball team to pull out a 69-61 win on Saturday before a crowd of 12,510 at the Petersen Events Center. Pittsburgh improves to 15-4 overall while the Huskies are 12-5 and 2-3.
James Robinson chipped in 12 points for the Panthers, who recovered after blowing a 14-point lead in the second half.
UConn tied the game twice in the final five minutes but couldn't quite get over the top. Sophomore guard Ryan Boatright (Aurora, Calif.) led the Huskies with 20 points and freshman Omar Calhoun (Queens, N.Y.) added 14 but couldn't stop UConn from dropping its second-straight.
Each time the Huskies pulled even, Pitt would respond. Woodall knocked down a three-pointer after the Huskies knotted it at 55 and Robinson followed moments later with a three-pointer of his own to break a 58-all tie.
UConn never got closer than two the rest of the way. Pitt center Dante Taylor hit both ends of a critical one-and-one, then followed with a 10-foot jumper that put the Panthers up 65-59 with a minute to go.
Boatright sank two free throws to get the Huskies within four, but UConn ran out of gas while Pitt settled down. The Panthers made 12 of 15 free throws in the second half.
The Panthers led by just three when Woodall went to the bench after just six minutes. They led by four when he returned with 8:27 to go in the half and Pitt was off to the races. The Panthers went on a 16-7 run to take a 35-22 lead at the break.
Pitt's advantage ballooned to 47-33 before UConn got going behind Boatright and Calhoun. The Panthers couldn't seem to find anyone to stay in front of Boatright as he attacked the rim, and when the Panthers collapsed, Boatright kicked it out to Calhoun for a 3.
UConn got all the way back on a steal and dunk by junior Niels Giffey (Berlin, Germany), who crashed onto his back after letting go of the rim. Moments later, Woodall was in the corner knocking down a wide-open three-pointer.
Boatright followed with a difficult layup and drew the foul. He made the free throw to knot things up again, but Robinson calmly hit a trhee-pointer from almost the same spot that Woodall did and the Panthers survived. Pitt outrebounded UConn 38-27, including 15 offensive boards.
UConn now has a seven-day break as it returns to action vs. Rutgers on Sunday, Jan. 27 when it plays host to Rutgers at the XL Center at 2:00 p.m. That game will be televised by SNY and heard on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.