Panthers wear out Huskies in rivalry

Associated Press
Pittsburgh's Aaron Gray (33) had 22 points and 19 rebounds as the sixth-ranked Panthers defeated reeling Connecticut 63-54 in a Big East game.

PITTSBURGH - No. 6 Pitts-burgh pulled away midway through the second half behind Aaron Gray's strong inside play and Ronald Ramon's perimeter shooting, wearing down Connecticut in a typically rugged Big East rivalry game for a 63-54 victory Tuesday night.


Gray, helped by an injury that kept UConn's 7-foot-3 Hasheem Thabeet out for most of the first half, had 22 points and 19 rebounds. Ramon went 4-for-4 from 3-point range while adding 17 points as the Panthers (17-2, 5-0) won their seventh in a row. They are the only team still unbeaten in conference play.

Gray missed by a rebound of becoming the first Pitt player with as many as 20 points and 20 rebounds in a game since Chris McNeal against Boston College in 1992.

UConn (13-4, 2-3) lost for the fourth time in six games mostly because of poor shooting - the Huskies shot 35.6 percent.


In Boston, Sean Marshall scored Boston College's first nine points as the Eagles opened a 20-point halftime lead and coasted to victory.

Marshall finished with 20 points and Jared Dudley scored 18 for BC (13-4, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which won its fourth consecutive game since he returned from a foot injury and sixth in a row overall. Tyrese Rice had 16 points and a career-high 12 assists, and Shamari Spears scored nine with 10 rebounds.

Dwayne Collins scored a season-high 24 points and added 13 rebounds as Miami (9-10, 2-3) lost for the sixth time in eight games.


In Bloomington, Ind., D.J. White tied career highs with 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Hoosiers.

Roderick Wilmont had 15 points and Armon Bassett scored 10 for the Hoosiers (13-4, 4-1 Big Ten), who won their fourth consecutive conference game since a Jan. 2 loss at No. 7 Ohio State.

Adam Haluska, the Big Ten's leading scorer entering the game, finished with 21 points and Tyler Smith added 17 points and six assists for Iowa (10-8, 2-2), which rallied from a 21-point deficit in the second half to make the game close.