(7) Pittsburgh 61

(17-4, 7-3 Big East)

Seton Hall 73

(12-9, 6-4 Big East)

    12:00 PM ET, February 15, 2003

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    Pirates plunder Pitt for second straight upset win

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Instead of worrying about making the Big East Conference tournament, Seton Hall is thinking about going to the NCAA Tournament after winning five in a row.

    Seton Hall posted its second major upset in 10 days by beating No. 7 Pittsburgh 73-61 Saturday, with reserve Andre Sweet scoring 15 of his 17 points after halftime.

    The Pirates (12-9, 6-4 Big East) matched their longest winning streak since the start of the 2000-01 season.

    "We feel that we're the team to beat right now," Sweet said. "I felt like we were a good team, a tournament team from the beginning of the season. Now, it's beginning to show."

    A little more than two weeks ago, experts were questioning that after consecutive losses to Syracuse and Manhattan left the Pirates with a 7-9 overall record and a 2-4 mark in the conference, where the last-place team in each division doesn't make the postseason tournament.

    There were even reports that coach Louis Orr's job might be in jeopardy in just his second season.

    However, all that has changed with the winning streak, which included a stunner against Notre Dame (No. 9 ESPN/USA Today, No. 10 AP) last week and now Pittsburgh (17-4, 7-3).

    "We're starting to put things together now," said point guard Andre Barrett, who also had 17 points. "We're playing smart. We know what it takes to win games. In the past, we might have made mistakes down the stretch that would kill us. We're making the plays now that bring us to win."

    John Allen added 14 for the Pirates, who have not won more than five in a row since a seven-game run in 1999-00, when they reached the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament.

    "We're not even going to think about that," Orr said of the NCAA Tournament. "We're going to take it one game at a time. If you don't, you can get into a lot of trouble."

    Jaron Brown had 14 points to lead Pittsburgh, which lost for the third time in five games, all on the road. Chevon Troutman added 12 points while Brandon Knight, who banged his head hard on the floor in the first half, scored 11.

    The Panthers shot 38.5 percent from the field, including 4-for-26 from 3-point range.

    "We didn't have any intensity today," said Pittsburgh guard Julius Page, who had three points on 1-for-7 shooting. "We shot too many threes and didn't attack the basket like we normally do. Instead of worrying about rankings and standings, we should worry about playing the game.

    "Maybe we feel too much like we're a lock, that we're looking ahead, that we're too comfortable. Whatever it is, it's not right.""

    Pittsburgh was called for 27 personal fouls which led to 42 free throws. Seton Hall converted 34, with Sweet making 10.

    Troutman, Ontario Lett and Donatas Zavackas all fouled out for Pittsburgh, which beat West Virginia by 36 Wednesday.

    Seton Hall squandered an early 15-point lead and fell behind 35-34 on a layup by Brown with under 17 minutes left.

    Marcus Toney-El (13 points) put the Pirates back in front with two free throws and a three-point play.

    Pittsburgh twice cut the lead to a point, the last time at 41-40 on Troutman's two free throws with 14 minutes to play.

    Then Sweet took over. The sophomore scored 11 of the Pirates' next 13 points, capping a 13-6 run with a 3-pointer from the left wing for a 54-46 lead with about nine minutes remaining.

    Pittsburgh got close a couple of times down the stretch.

    Two baskets by Lett narrowed the lead to 54-50, but Allen scored four straight points in a 5-0 run that pushed the lead to 59-50.

    Zavackas' layup with 2:25 left cut the deficit to 64-59. Pittsburgh had two chances to narrow the margin, but Zavackas missed an open 3-pointer and Barrett later made a steal.

    Pittsburgh did not score another basket until the closing seconds, well after Seton Hall put the game away from the free-throw line.

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