HARTFORD, Conn. -- No. 16 Pitt defeated No. 15 Connecticut, 67-57, tonight at the XL Center to remain unbeaten in Big East play. The Panthers (14-2, 4-0) have won seven in a row and are one of two teams in the Big East without a loss in conference play.
Pitt also won its third consecutive road game for the first time in school history.
Brad Wanamaker and Ashton Gibbs led Pitt with 19 points apiece. Gilbert Brown added 11.
Stanley Robinson led Connecticut with 19 points.
Connecticut, losers of three of their past five, stormed back from a 10-point second-half deficit to take a 49-48 lead with 8:58 remaining, but the Panthers were able to bounce back and regain the momentum. Nasir Robinson drove the baseline and scored to give Pitt the lead again for good, 50-49, with 5:48 left.
Pitt held a 10-point lead twice in the first half. The Panthers led 18-8 and 26-16 before the Huskies fought their way back into the game. Connecticut outscored Pitt, 11-6, over the final eight minutes of the half.
Gibbs and Brown each had nine points apiece in the first half for Pitt. Stanley Robinson scored 13 points for Connecticut, which shot 48 percent from the field. Pitt shot 38 percent, but was helped along by converting all eight of their chances from the foul line.
Ray Fittipaldo can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org . First Published January 14, 2010 2:15 AM