Then came the second half.
Playing against a Georgetown team that gets very little bench production, many figured Pittsburgh would be able to handle the Hoyas by simply out-manning them.
But a generally productive bench gave the Panthers little to no help, as Pittsburgh would be outscored by double-digits in the second half, in route to their second straight defeat, this time to the hands of the Georgetown Hoyas, 61-58.
Aaron Gray led Pitt with another double-double, tallying 15 points and 11 rebounds, including an impressive 6 offensive rebounds. Gray had seven points and two assists in a 15-0 run that gave the Panthers a 33-18 lead in the first half. He was so dominant that Krauser, the team's leading scorer on the season, wasn't needed to score until late in the first half.
In fact, Krauser didn't score his first points until a jumper fell with 1:56 remaining in the first half. The senior would finish with 11.
In the end, Pittsburgh couldn't stop Georgetown's Jeff Green, whom matched his career high with 22 points and literally 'willed' the Hoyas back from a 15-point first-half deficit.
Georgetown was outrebounded 35-23 and got only two points from its bench, but did manage to withstand a ferocious Panther rally to win their seventh Big East game and assuring them another quality win to a post-season resume that already includes a win over Duke.
The Panthers were held to just four field goals and one free throw during the final 10 minutes and didn't show signs of life until the final 39 seconds.
Trailing by 10, the Panthers, subsequently nailed a pair of 3-pointers and coupled with two misses by the Hoyas at the free throw line, cut Georgetown's lead to 59-58. Darrel Owens then made two free throws for the Hoyas with 3.6 seconds to play, and Ronald Ramon's long 3-pointer to tie hit the rim and bounced away at the final buzzer.
The loss moved the Panthers to 17-3 on the year and 3 games behind first place West Virginia in the Big East. The Panthers take on the Mountaineers this Thursday at The Pete.
Georgetown, with the win, leapfrogged Pitt into third place at 16-4 and 7-2 in conference play.