Blair, Pitt snap Georgetown's 29-game home winning streak
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - DaJuan Blair scored 20 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, as third-ranked Pittsburgh pulled away in the second half and remained unbeaten with a 70-54 victory over No. 11 Georgetown at the Verizon Center.
Blair was coming off his worst game of the season, a foul-plagued, two-point, two-rebound effort on Wednesday against Rutgers. He eclipsed his point total in the first minute with two baskets to give Pittsburgh a 4-0 lead and the Panthers never trailed on the way to ending Georgetown's 29-game home winning streak.
"We joked with [Blair] the last couple days that he was going to be well- rested, because he only played eight minutes in the Rutgers game," said Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon. "So he had a lot of legs and he was ready to go and we went inside early. We wanted to get him the ball and we wanted to get him involved and that was a big part of it."
Tyrell Biggs and Sam Young each scored 14 for Pittsburgh (14-0, 2-0 Big East), which was coming off a 78-72 win at Rutgers to start the conference season. The Panthers shot 47.1 percent on Saturday and held a dominant 48-23 rebounding advantage.
DaJuan Summers scored 22 points and Greg Monroe added 15 with eight rebounds for Georgetown (10-2, 1-1), which was trying to hand a conference foe its first loss for the second time this week. The Hoyas were coming off a 74-63 victory at second-ranked Connecticut on Monday, and Saturday's result halted a seven-game winning streak.
"Today we just got outworked and they were a better team," said Monroe.
Georgetown hadn't lost since a 90-78 setback against Tennessee in November and suffered its first home loss since January 8, 2007. The Hoyas had won 28 in a row at the Verizon Center and one other home game at McDonough Arena.
The Hoyas trailed throughout the first half and came out of the break down 33-30, but finally tied it at 37-37 on a bucket by Austin Freeman. A three by Summers tied it again at 40-40 with 14 1/2 minutes remaining, but Pitt again took control.
Young converted consecutive layups and Levance Fields followed with the next four points to give the Panthers a 48-40 lead, igniting a 28-9 run that put the Hoyas away.
Biggs scored eight during the spurt and his bucket with just over three minutes remaining gave Pittsburgh a commanding 68-49 advantage.
"What it got down to was our offense was very good, we got good shots," Dixon added. "I thought we executed all the way through and we made good decisions."
The Hoyas never got closer than the final margin.
"They did what veteran teams do," Georgetown head coach John Thompson III said about Pittsburgh. "They made the right plays, they executed at both ends of the floor. We are a young team that has to go through that growth process."
Georgetown opened Monday's game against UConn with a 15-1 burst and never trailed, but on Saturday quickly fell behind as Pittsburgh scored the first six points of the game.
The Panthers were ahead 11-5 before Summers started heating up. He canned a pair of three-pointers to fuel an 8-3 Hoya burst that made it a one-point game with just under 12 minutes left in the first half.
Brad Wanamaker answered with a three for Pittsburgh and the Panthers soon regained a five-point margin before Summers drilled another shot from beyond the arc to keep Georgetown close.
Pittsburgh again opened some breathing room with a 27-21 lead, but the Hoyas pulled to within one with a 5-0 run. A layup by Summers with 1:10 left drew Georgetown within 31-30 before a dunk by Gilbert Brown capped the opening half and sent the Panthers into the locker room with a three-point edge.
Summers scored 16 of Georgetown's 30 first-half points.
Pittsburgh won despite making only 3-of-19 three-point tries...Georgetown hit 6-of-20 from beyond the arc...The Hoyas also had a 15-game home conference winning streak stopped...These teams met for the Big East Tournament title each of the past two years. Pittsburgh won last year and Georgetown captured the 2007 crown...The Panthers have won three straight against Georgetown, but the Hoyas still own a 39-33 mark all-time...Georgetown will visit Notre Dame on Monday...Pittsburgh has an eight-day break before hosting St. John's next Sunday.
01/03 16:43:53 ET