Brown enjoys another strong game

| Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011

Quietly, without much fanfare, Gilbert Brown is putting together the best stretch of his Pitt career.

The 6-foot-6 forward, who went through an infuriating up-and-down junior season, built on his recent surge with 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists, one block and one steal in Pitt's 89-81 victory over Marquette on Saturday.

Brown also went 6 for 6 from the foul line and played a team-high 37 minutes, one shy of his career high.

Over the past six games, Brown is averaging 16.2 points. The slashing forward has found his range. He is shooting 65 percent from 3-point range (17 for 26) over the past seven games. Perhaps gone are the days when Brown was so wildly inconsistent last season.

"(Brown) is playing from an unbelievable clip behind the arc," Marquette coach Buzz Williams said.

With Brown leading the way, Pitt is 20 for 37 from 3-point range in the past two games.

Record low

Marquette tied a Big East record for fewest turnovers with two. The Golden Eagles didn't have their first miscue until Gilbert Brown stole the ball from Jae Crowder with 11:36 to play. Crowder had the other Marquette turnover on a Brad Wanamaker steal with 3:16 remaining.

Marquette tied the Big East record previously set by Notre Dame, which had two turnovers against DePaul on Jan. 23, 2010.

"If that was the only statistic, I know I would be happy with it," Williams said.

Not in our house

Marquette entered the game as the No. 6 team in the nation in field goal percentage (.504), but the Golden Eagles found it tough to do much against Pitt. Marquette made only 27 of its 65 field-goal attempts and finished 41.5 percent from the field, its second-worst effort of the season. They were 7 for 20 from 3-point range.

Jimmy Butler, the team's second-leading scorer, didn't manage his first basket until 2:40 remained in the first half. He finished with 17 points, but shot 4 of 13 from the field. Forward Jae Crowder, who scored 29 points against West Virginia last week, was 4 of 12 from the field and settled for 10 points.

Darius Johnson-Odom, the team's top scorer, finished with a game-high 20 points but needed 18 shots to get them.

"We didn't want him to get off to an early start, and I think we did a good job with that," Pitt's Ashton Gibbs said. "The basis of his game is getting easy buckets, and we just tried to limit that."

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