(21) Pittsburgh 76

(13-3, 3-2 Big East)

(16) Connecticut 66

(11-4, 3-2 Big East)

9:00 PM ET, January 22, 2005

XL Center, Hartford, Connecticut

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#21PITT 32 4476
#16CONN 43 2366

Top Performers

Pittsburgh: C. Troutman 29 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

Connecticut: C. Villanueva 14 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Stl, 4 Blk

Huskies blow 17-point lead

STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- Chevon Troutman scored 25 of his career-high 29 points in the second half and Pittsburgh erased a 17-point deficit to upset Connecticut 76-66 Saturday night.

Troutman scored 10 straight points midway through the second half and gave the Panthers (13-3, 3-2 Big East) their first lead at 55-54 with 8:14 left -- and Pitt (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today; No. 21 AP) would never give it back.

The Huskies (11-4, 3-2) had a nine-point lead at the half but watched it dissolve because of poor shooting and the Panthers' tough post defense.

UConn (No. 13 ESPN/USA Today; No. 16 AP) went nearly nine minutes in the second half without a field goal, while Troutman went on his 10-0 run, built largely on inside baskets.

It was a matchup of two of the best rebounding teams in the nations. UConn led the nation in rebounding margin (15.6) and the Panthers (10.6) were fifth coming into the game. The Huskies lived up to their billing in the first half, dominating inside even without star center Josh Boone, who was in early foul trouble.

Connecticut used runs of 9-0 and 8-0 in the first half to build a 17-point lead late in the period. They played solid both inside and out, riding the perimeter play of Rashad Anderson, who was 4-of-6 from 3-point range in the half and the Huskies led 43-32 at the half.

But the second half was all Pittsburgh. The Panthers outscored UConn 26-22 in the paint and came up with key blocks down the stretch. Troutman led Pittsburgh with 12 boards and had two of the Panthers' five blocks. Carl Krauser added 15 and Chris Taft had 10 for Pittsburgh.

Anderson led UConn with 19 points and Villanueva had 14 points and 10 boards.

The snowstorm that pounded the Northeast did little to deter UConn fans. Season-ticket holders who did not make the game donated about 3,000 tickets to students who helped fill the 10,000-seat Gampel Pavilion.

Pitt and UConn had split six meetings over the last three seasons and played each other in the conference tournament final the past three seasons.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 76 66
FG Made-Attempted 24-54 (.444) 25-64 (.391)
3P Made-Attempted 6-14 (.429) 5-20 (.250)
FT Made-Attempted 22-28 (.786) 11-14 (.786)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
Largest Lead 11 17

2004-05 Season

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