The Panthers beat Syracuse 75-63 Sunday to improve their record to 21-4 this season and now have a game and a half lead in the West division of the Big East. Pitt was down by 14 points in the second half and playing in front of a huge crowd of 21,935 fired up Orangemen fans, yet the team but together a terrific run to turn things around. Pitt, now 9-3 in the Big East, is now ranked #16 in the USA Today/ESPN coach's poll. This was only the second time that Pitt has swept Syracuse since the 1982-83 season!!! The biggest reason for this win was a outstanding 30 points scored from the reserves. Chad Johnson scored 8 points off the bench with 4 of the points being scored on fast break lay-ups, which started the comeback. Ontario Lett also continues his outstanding play with 12 points in 20 minutes. Chevon Troutman had 6 points and 7 rebounds in only 16 minutes of play and Freshmen forward Mark McCarroll added 4 points in 7 minutes of playing time. Brandon Knight who hit two key 3-pointers late in the second half finished with 16 points, but what was more impressive was his 9 assists. His pinpoint passing led to fast break lay-ups and easy buckets underneath. This was a total team victory and Page, Morris and "Z" also hit timely shots down the stretch. Jaron Brown continues to pass, rebound and shoot equally well and is the glue that holds the team together. Playing on the road against a ranked team in front of such a huge crowd and being able to comeback from a 14 point deficit, makes this easily one of the top 2 or 3 performances by a Pitt basketball team in the last 15 years!!!
Pitt blows by #17 Syracuse!!!
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