NEWARK, N.J. -- Seton Hall defeated Pitt, 73-66, this afternoon at the Prudential Center.
Seton Hall used a 10-0 run to go ahead for good after Pitt had taken a 61-55 lead with 8:12 remaining. Jordan Theodore and Haralds Karlis made back-to-back 3-pointers to cap the run. Theodore's came off a broken play with one second left on the shot clock.
Pitt had one last chance to tie with 26 seconds left, but Tray Woodall turned the ball over, and Nasir Robinson was called for a flagrant foul on Herb Pope with 10 seconds left. Pope made both free throws.
Ashton Gibbs led Pitt with 26 points.
Pope and Aaron Cosby led Seton Hall with 19.
Pitt fell to 15-11 and 4-9 in Big East play. The 11 losses are the most since 2000-01 when the Panthers finished 19-14. That team came on strong at the end of the season and made the Big East tournament championship game. This team appears to be going in the opposite direction.
After winning four consecutive games following an 0-7 start to the conference schedule, the Panthers have now dropped two in a row and need to win their final five games to finish .500 in the league standings.
Pitt trailed 37-35 at halftime. Gibbs gave the Panthers a 56-53 lead with 10:33 remaining after he drilled a 3-pointer. Another Gibbs 3-pointer 42 seconds later and a Robinson layup with 8:12 to go gave Pitt a 61-55 lead.
The Panthers fell behind by 12 points midway through the first half, but outscored the Pirates, 16-6, over the final seven minutes of the half to get within two points. The Pirates made just one field goal in the final seven minutes and missed their final six 3-point attempts after making five of their first six attempts from behind the 3-point arc.
Woodall scored seven of his nine first-half points in the final 5:45 of the half, including a 3-pointer with 33 seconds remaining to make it 37-35.
Ray Fittipaldo: email@example.com . First Published February 12, 2012 7:15 PM