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Pitt tops No. 9 Georgetown for second consecutive win

| Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012

Pitt continued to correct itself from an eight-game losing streak, beating No. 9 Georgetown, 72-60, today.

The Panthers (13-9, 2-7), who never trailed the Big East's second-place men's basketball team, improved to 12-0 against top-10 teams at Petersen Events Center.

Nasir Robinson and Lamar Patterson powered the Panthers, who led by as many as 17 points in the first half and repelled a second-half surge by the Hoyas (16-4, 6-3).

Robinson scored a season-high 23 points and added eight rebounds, and Patterson added a career-high 18 points on 6 for 8 shooting with seven assists and no turnovers in a career-high 35 minutes. Robinson went 9 for 9 from the field, flirting with the school record of 11 for 11 by Brian Shorter on Feb. 11, 1990.

Junior point guard Tray Woodall, making his third start since the eight-week injury, went 1 for 7 fro m the field but added a game-high 10 assists. Talib Zanna had eight points and a team-high 10 rebounds Ashton Gibbs scored 13 points.

Pitt shot 52 percent from the field (25 for 48), despite missing 10 of its 13 3-point attempt, and 86 percent from the free-throw line (19 for 22). The Panthers also outrebounded Georgetown, 35-23.

Freshman Otto Porter scored 14 points to lead Georgetown. The Hoyas' top scorer, Jason Clark, finished with nine points on 3 for 9 shooting, including 0 for 5 from behind the arc.

Pitt led 29-12 with four minutes to play in the first half, using a 13-0 run to take control.

The Panthers led 33-22 at halftime, before Georgetown rallied to make it 48-42 on freshman Porter's layup with 7:47 to play. But Patterson converted a three-point play on a dunk and Robinson added a layup for a 55-47 lead with 6:00 to play.

Pitt led 55-49 with 4:09 to play, but Patterson fed Dante Taylor for a dunk to start a 6-0 run for a 61-49 lead, capped by Ashton Gibbs' shot clock-beating jumper with 2:23 to play. Pitt led by at least 11 the rest of the way.

In the first half, Pitt held Georgetown to 33 percent from the field (9 for 27) and the Panthers' frontline dominated the opening 20 minutes. Zanna, Robinson and Patterson combined for 25 points on 10 of 14 shooting with 15 rebounds and four assists.

Meanwhile, the Hoyas' starting frontline of Henry Sims, Nate Lubick and Hollis Thompson combined for three points on 1 of 10 shooting with five rebounds and four turnovers in the first half.

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