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17 February 2009

Panthers take down Huskies in great matchup

DeJuan Blair set the tone early in the 1st half, throwing Hasheem Thabeet over his back and sending him to the bench for 4 minutes.

Levance Fields didn't score for almost 37 minutes.

In between the Panthers played a solid game and led most of the way, coming away with a 76-68 win over the #1 ranked Huskies. It was Pitt's first win over a #1 ranked team in 14 tries. Pitt is now 1-3 versus Uconn when Uconn is a #1 ranked team and Jamie Dixon is now 4-5 versus Jim Calhoun.
Calhoun threw a total hissy fit afterwards, saying that the refs need to say before the game how they are going to call it and saying that "We have not played that sort of game since back in the early 2000s, the '80s and '90s." He said that referring to the fact that it was a physical game. He was upset because he lost... that's the bottom line.

Blair (22 points, 23 rebounds) and Sam Young (25 points) let the Panthers in scoring on a night when the Panthers would not be denied.

With the game tied at 61, Levance it two straight 3s after having been 0-7 from the field to give Pitt a 67-61 lead that they would not relinquish.

Uconn had outrebounded its last 32 opponents, but last night Pitt took the Huskies to school on the boards to the tune of 48-31. Thabeet was largely ineffective, fouling out late and only going for 5 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Blair intimidated him early and took it to him all game.

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