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Bench effort pushes Pitt past Rutgers

Updated: January 1, 2009, 7:52 PM ET
By Andy Katz

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Pitt's bench could end up being the decisive factor for the Panthers if they're going to win the Big East.

The Panthers needed every ounce of effort from their reserves to beat Rutgers 78-72 on Wednesday. And it could prove to be the difference for Pitt if they're to beat out Georgetown, Syracuse, Connecticut and anyone else who may survive the 18-game grind in the Big East to challenge for the league title.

DeJuan Blair was limited to just eight minutes ...

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