It was a typical close game between Pitt and Providence. Despite 24 turnovers in the game, the Panthers were able to pull out a 83-79 win at Providence. Pitt improves to 14-1 overall, and 2-0 in the Big East. Providence falls to 11-5 on the season, 0-3 in the Big East.
Gilbert Brown led the Panthers with 19 points, five rebounds and two assists for Pitt. Gary McGhee added 13 points and nine rebounds. For Providence, Marshon Brooks had a game-high 28 points, continuing his pace as one of the nation's leading scorers.
Pitt had a hard time keeping Providence at bay the whole game, thanks in part to 24 turnovers. Brad Wanamaker picked up his third foul early in the second half, and eventually fouled out. Brown scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half, and had four fouls for the game and had to sit out in stages in the second half.
Travon Woodall's three-pointer put Pitt up 77-76 with 36.9 seconds left. Providence was up 76-72 with 2:13 left in the game. McGhee--who scored all 13 of his points in the second half--grabbed a key defensive rebound on the ensuing possession. Of those final six points of the game, Woodall and McGhee combined for a perfect 6-for-6 performance at the line in the game's final seconds, to officially put the game away.
While the 24 turnovers were uncharacteristic of Pitt's play, the Panthers came out firing from three-point range in the first half. The Panthers hit with eight three-pointers in the first half, including five from Brown alone. Lamar Patterson--who came off the bench to get 18 minutes, was a big factor in the second half getting Pitt's first three-pointer of the second half. His three-pointer with 7:47 left in the game pit Pitt up 64-53. Woodall's go-ahead three-pointer was the only other three-pointer of the second half.
Tuesday night's win marks the third close finish at the Dunkin Donuts Center. In 2009, Providence was able to knock off Pitt 81-73 when the Panthers were number-one. It was the Friars' first-ever win over a top-ranked team. Last year, Ashton Gibbs hit a shot from half court at the buzzer, lifting Pitt to a 73-71 win.