Saturday , Feb , 17 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

No. 7 Pitt edges Washington

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – Mike Cook scored 15 points and Levance
Fields added 14, as seventh-ranked Pittsburgh responded from a tough loss to
down Washington, 65-61, at Petersen Events Center.

The Panthers were stunned, 66-53, by Louisville on Monday, but made sure they
didn’t loss back-to-back games at home for the second time since the Petersen
Events Center’s opening five years ago.

Ronald Ramon totaled 11 points, Sam Young added 10 points and Aaron Gray had
five points with 10 rebounds and two blocks for Pittsburgh (23-4), which won
the first contest between the two programs since 1950.

Jon Brockman led Washington with 13 points while freshman Spencer Hawes
notched a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Ryan Appleby had 11
points for the Huskies (16-10), who missed out on a chance for a resume-
building victory.

The biggest play of the game wasn’t a basket but an offensive rebound by Young
late in the contest. After a Hawes layup that cut the Pitt lead to 62-59,
Fields missed a jumper with 47 ticks remaining.

Instead of corralling the rebound with a chance to tie, Washington allowed
Young to slide underneath his defender and grab the rebound. Ramon was
eventually fouled and drained both free throws.

Appleby missed a three-pointer on the other end, and the Panthers held on for
the non-conference victory.

Brockman’s layup with 8:34 left squared the contest at 47-47 then Hawes’
jumper with 3:08 left brought the Huskies with 58-57.

Gray converted from in close and Fields made a pair of free throws to make the
score 62-57 with 1:39 on the clock.

Pittsburgh led 31-28 at the half.

Game Notes

Pittsburgh, the leading three-point shooting team in the Big East, made just
4-of-15 from beyond the arc…The Panthers committed just six turnovers, but
were outrebounded 42-32.