Panthers refuse the 'Cuse
Posted on: January 17, 2011 9:58 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2011 11:56 pm
Posted by Eric Angevine
It's rare to see a starting player as specialized as Gary McGhee. On a night when Syracuse shot under 40 percent, McGhee's 13 rebounds -- eleven on the defensive end of the floor -- were crucial to the 74-66 Panther win. The rest of Pitt's starting lineup had the scoring touch in spades, led by Nasir Robinson's 21. Brad Wanamaker, Gilbert Brown and Ashton Gibbs each pitched in double figures as well.
Syracuse left the ranks of the unbeaten on a night when Kris Joseph was unable to play due to a head injury suffered over the weekend. Sophomore James Southerland scored eight points to go with four assists and two blocked shots starting in Joseph's place, but it was freshman C.J. Fair, coming off the bench, who led the Orange with 16 points and 9 rebounds.
The 'Cuse zone cadged 12 turnovers from the home team, and fought until the final buzzer, but didn't have enough to win in one of college basketball's unique arenas. Hemmed in on three sides by raucous students in gold shirts and buffered on the fourth by luxury suites borrowed from the Lido deck of the Love Boat, the Peterson Events Center continues to build a reputation as a house of horrors for visiting teams.