Surging Pitt tops No. 17 Cincinnati with late rally
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Tray Woodall scored 14 points and sparked a late run with a pair of 3-pointers, as No. 23 Pittsburgh continued its surge with a 62-52 road victory over No. 17 Cincinnati on Saturday.
The Panthers (20-5, 8-4 Big East) lost to the Bearcats on New Year's Eve to start a string of three losses in four games, but have since gone on a 7-1 tear to rise in the Big East standings.
Steven Adams and Talib Zanna donated 13 and 11 points, respectively, for Pitt, which did not allow a field goal over the final nine minutes.
Cincinnati (18-6, 6-5) missed its last 14 shots, with Sean Kilpatrick going 0- of-7 from the field after scoring 15 of his 16 points before intermission.
Pitt took its first lead of the second half on an 8-0 run, as Woodall hit a 3- pointer to tie it prior to Lamar Patterson finding Trey Zeigler down low for a layup and a 47-45 lead with 6:20 remaining.
Titus Rubles stopped the run with a pair of free throws and Kilpatrick added a go-ahead free throw before the Panthers scored seven in a row, the last three coming on another deep make by Woodall for a 54-48 cushion with under 3 1/2 minutes to go.
Two free throws from JaQuon Parker cut the deficit to four, and after Woodall missed two from the stripe, Cheikh Mbodj made 1-of-2 free throws for a three- point game.
Zanna, though, extended the lead with a dunk, and after Kilpatrick missed from long range, the Panthers went 6-of-6 from the foul line over the final minute to secure the win.
A Woodall 3-pointer capped an 11-0 run that gave Pittsburgh a 24-21 lead with three minutes remaining in the first half.
Cincinnati responded with 10 straight points of its own, with Kilpatrick wrapping up his big half with a three-point play and 3-pointer.
Adams' bucket got the Panthers within 31-26 at the break.
Pittsburgh reached 20 wins for the 12th consecutive season ... The Panthers shot 46 percent from the field, compared to 31 percent for Cincinnati, which made just 4-of-25 from 3-point range ... The Bearcats had won 10 of their previous 15 games against ranked opponents.
02/09 20:32:48 ET