Gray, sixth-ranked Pitt down UConn
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – Aaron Gray poured in 22 points, grabbed
19 rebounds and blocked four shots as sixth-ranked Pittsburgh held off Big
East foe Connecticut, 63-54.
Ronald Ramon went 4-for-4 from three-point range and finished with 17 points
for the Panthers (17-2, 5-0 Big East), who have won seven straight and
improved to 12-0 at home this season.
Jeff Adrien had 13 points and seven boards while Jerome Dyson added 11 points
and five boards for the Huskies (13-4, 2-3), who have dropped three of their
last four contests.
Trailing 33-32 with just over 12 minutes left in second half, Gray nailed
back-to-back jumpers as the Panthers took control of the game with a 16-2 run,
capped by five straight points by Ramon that gave Pitt a 48-35 lead with 4:46
left to play.
UConn, though, would not go quietly, as Craig Austrie’s three brought the
Huskies within 59-52 with 30.3 seconds remaining. After Levance Fields bricked
two free throws for Pittsburgh, UConn had a chance to make things interesting,
but Doug Wiggins and Austrie both missed back-to-back three pointers as Pitt
held on for the win.
Down 19-13 with just under six minutes left before halftime, the Huskies
responded with a 9-2 spurt that gave them a 22-21 lead with just 19 seconds
left to play. However, Pitt managed to take a 24-22 lead into the locker room
thanks to Ramon’s three at the buzzer.
Pitt shot 44 percent from the floor and turned the ball over an
uncharacteristic 18 times…UConn shot just 36 percent…The Panthers have
held the opposition to fewer than 70 points in all 17 of their wins.