Graves, Gray lead No. 9 Pitt past Providence
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – Antonio Graves registered 18 points, four
rebounds and three assists to lead No. 9 Pittsburgh past the Providence
Friars, 81-68, in a Big East tilt at Petersen Events Center.
Aaron Gray scored 17 points and grabbed nine boards, and Carl Krauser added 14
points, four rebounds and five assists for the Panthers (21-4, 10-4), who have
won four of their last five games. Levon Kendall donated 10 points and seven
rebounds for Pitt.
Sharaud Curry led all scorers with 24 points and he added seven assists for
Providence (12-13, 5-9), which has lost three of its last four games. Herbert
Hill and Randall Hanke scored 15 points apiece and Geoff McDermott grabbed 14
rebounds for the Friars.
Hill’s dunk less than two minutes into the contest gave the Friars their only
lead of the game at 2-1. Pitt opened a 10-4 lead before Hanke and Donnie
McGrath scored on back-to-back buckets to pull Providence within two at 10-8.
The Panthers went on a 9-2 spurt that was highlighted by five points from
Levance Fields to open a 19-10 advantage before another layup by Fields, this
one with 8:44 left in the opening stanza, gave Pitt a 23-12 lead.
Hanke converted a three-point play just over a minute later to pull the Friars
within eight at 25-17, but Pitt responded with a 10-2 spurt capped by a three
from Graves to take a 35-19 lead.
Two Tyrell Biggs free throws with under two minutes left gave Pitt a 41-24
lead before a three-pointer from Curry cut the Friars’ deficit to 41-27 at the
A layup by Gray with under 15 minutes left in the game pushed Pitt’s lead to
16 at 53-37, but a 6-0 run by Providence cut the Panthers lead back down to 10
and a jumper by Curry with just over 10 minutes left brought the Friars within
six at 55-49.
But the Panthers responded again, this time with a 9-2 run, to regain a 13-
point advantage at 64-51. A Kendall free throw with 2:58 remaining gave Pitt a
75-59 lead, and Graves hit four straight free throws and Ronald Ramon
converted a pair down the stretch to seal the win for the Panthers.
Pittsburgh improved to 16-0 at home this season…The Panthers got 35 points
from their bench, while the Friars got just 17…Providence outrebounded Pitt
40-37…Pittsburgh leads the all-time series between the two schools, 25-16.