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

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.