Panthers advance to Big East Semi-finals

Pittsburgh methodically disposed of Virginia Tech 74-61 this afternoon at Madison Square Garden in New York City, upping their season record to 28-3.<br><br> Pittsburgh was never dominating but the victory was still never in doubt. The Panthers finished the game on an 11-4 run to seal the victory, but only had two field goals in the last 9 and a half minutes of the game. Virginia Tech closed the gap to six with 2:27 left in the half before Pitt's final run.

The victory moves Pittsburgh to the semi-finals of the tournament for the fourth year in a row and they'll need one more victory Friday Night to move into the championship game, also for the fourth straight time.

Jaron Brown led Pittsburgh with 20 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals. Carl Krauser added 16, including 7-for-8 from the FT line. Julius Page and Chevon Troutman joined their teammates in double figures with 14 and 12 respectively.

Virginia Tech was led by Jamon Gordon and Bryant Matthews with 14. Matthews, a 1st team All-Conference selection and the league's leading scorer, was held to 8 points below his average. He also fouled out with 7:14 to go, and spent the remainder of the game sulking on the bench. Zabian Dowdell chipped in with 13.

Rebounds were even at 28, but Virginia Tech had only 12 FT attempts, compared to Pittsburgh's 38. The Panthers had 16 more points from the line.

Virginia Tech, playing in its last ever Big East game, dropped to 15-14 on the season, and now awaits a probable NIT bid.

            2004 BIG EAST MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP 

 FIRST ROUND
 WED.  MARCH 10

 QUARTER FINALS
 THURS.  MARCH 11

 SEMIFINALS
 FRI.  MARCH 12

 CHAMPIONSHIP
 SAT.  MARCH 13

(8) VIRGINIA TECH 61
ESPN Noon
(9) RUTGERS 58

     
 

(8) VIRGINIA TECH 61
ESPN2 Noon
(1) PITTSBURGH 74

   

(5) BOSTON COLL. 68
ESPN 2:00pm
(12) GEORGETOWN 57

 

 (1) PITTSBURGH
ESPN 7:00pm
 (5) BOSTON COLL.

 
 

(5) BOSTON COLL. 57
ESPN2 2:00pm
(4) SYRACUSE 54

   
     

 
ESPN 8:00pm
 

(7) NOTRE DAME 65
ESPN 7:00pm
(10) WEST VIRGINIA 64

     

 

(7) NOTRE DAME
ESPN2 7:00pm
(2) CONNECTICUT

   

(6) SETON HALL 60
ESPN 9:00pm
(11) VILLANOVA 61

 


ESPN 9:00pm
 

 

 

(11) VILLANOVA
ESPN 9:00pm
(3) PROVIDENCE

   

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