PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Eli Carter scored 23 points to lead Rutgers past No. 24 Pitt, 67-62, this afternoon at the Rutgers Athletic Center.
J.J. Moore led the Panthers with 14 points. The Panthers (12-3, 0-2) shot just 37 percent from the field. They will stay on the road and face No. 15 Georgetown on Tuesday night.
Trailing 39-25 at halftime, Pitt scored the first nine points of the second half to cut the lead to five. Rutgers turned the ball over five times in the first four minutes of the second half to allow the Panthers to climb back into the game.
The Panthers cut the lead to three after a Lamar Patterson layup with 8:06 remaining and to two points twice in the final 4:23, but a turnover and missed shots did them in.
Rutgers was able to make some big shots down the stretch, including a Carter drive with 2:53 remaining that gave the Scarlet Knights a 57-53 lead.
Rutgers put on a sizzling shooting display in the first half. The Scarlet Knights shot 58 percent from the field and made six of their 10 attempts from 3-point range.
Carter scored 14 of his points in the first 20 minutes. He was 5 for 9 from the field and made two 3-pointers. Mack also made two 3-pointers and scored nine points in the first half.
The Scarlet Knights made their first six shots from the field and jumped out to a 19-5 lead.
The Panthers used a 13-5 run to cut the deficit to six after a Tray Woodall 3-pointer, but Rutgers finished the half on a 15-7 run to take a 14-point lead into the locker room.
Pitt shot 32 percent in the first half. Moore led the Panthers with 10 first-half points.
Ray Fittipaldo: firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter: @rayfitt1.