Sunday , Jan , 15 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Pitt edges Louisville to stay unbeaten

Louisville, KY (Sports Network) – Aaron Gray scored 10 points and pulled down
12 rebounds as 12th-ranked Pittsburgh held off No. 10 Louisville, 61-57, in a
much anticipated Big East showdown at Freedom Hall.

Levance Fields added 13 points for the Panthers (14-0, 3-0 Big East), who,
along with top-ranked Duke and second-ranked Florida, remain one of the few
undefeated teams left in major college basketball. Sam Young added nine points
and six boards in the victory.

Terrence Williams netted a game-high 25 points with five rebounds and four
steals for the Cardinals (13-3, 1-2), who lost for only the second time in
their last nine games. David Padgett donated nine points with seven rebounds
as Louisville fell for just the second time at home this season (11-2).

Pittsburgh was down early in the second half before coming back to take a lead
and then holding off the Cardinals down the stretch. A Williams jumper staked
the Cardinals to a 39-32 edge with 13:09 remaining before the Panthers got it

Keith Benjamin converted a layup that was followed with a three-pointer from
Ronald Ramon to later pull Pittsburgh to within one at 41-40. Williams then
hit a layup before Carl Krauser’s conversion from behind the arc tied the
contest at 43-43 with 9:41 left in the half.

Williams hit a jumper to put Louisville ahead by two, but the Panthers netted
the next six points to go ahead 49-45 with 7:29 remaining. The Cardinals
pulled within two three times before a Krauser trey extended Pittsburgh to a
56-51 advantage.

Antonio Graves’ layup put the Panthers ahead 58-52 with 3:19 remaining and two
free throws by Williams pulled the Cardinals to within four. Both teams
struggled from the charity stripe until Gray hit 1-of-2 free shots for a 59-54
lead with 1:15 remaining.

Louisville’s Taquan Dean nailed a three-pointer with under one minute left to
play to cut the deficit to 59-57 and the Panthers moved the ball around at the
other end until Levon Kendall launched a three-point attempt that was no good.

The Cardinals grabbed the rebound and moved the ball up the floor, but Juan
Palacios missed two three-point attempts.

Krauser was then fouled, but the guard missed his free throw to give
Louisville hope. However, Dean fired a trey attempt that was also no good and
Gray hit two free throws with two seconds left to ice the game.

Louisville held an early 11-3 edge 5:16 into the contest before Pittsburgh
scored the next six points to pull within 11-9. However, back-to-back treys by
Palacios increased the Cardinals’ lead to 17-9 with 10:24 left in the first

A layup by Padgett kept Louisville ahead at 20-14 before a free throw by
Tyrell Biggs and a three-pointer by Fields cut the Panther deficit to 20-18
with 6:44 left in the half.

Late in the half, a 5-0 spurt by Pittsburgh gave the Panthers a lead at 25-24
with 1:42 remaining, but Louisville closed out the scoring with a
pair of free throws by Brandon Jenkins to take a lead into the second frame.

Game Notes

Louisville won the only other meeting between the two schools, 64-42, back in
1947…Krauser and Ramon both finished with eight points…Palacios finished
with eight points and seven rebounds…Louisville shot 40 percent from the
floor and hit 57 percent (8-of-14) from behind the arc…Pittsburgh shot 38
percent and outrebounded the Cardinals 39-34…The Panthers’ bench outscored
the Cardinals bench 30-5.