Pitt Storms Past Villanova
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Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Posted Jan 16, 2013

Pitt rebounds from Saturday's loss with a 19-26 (73%) performance from the free throw line, and a significant 43-28 edge in rebounding. Trey Zeigler and Durand Johnson lead Pitt with 13 points apiece. Pitt bench outscores Villanova counterparts 31-8.

Villanova, Pa. -- Durand Johnson and Trey Zeigler each scored 13 points points to lead Pittsburgh to a 58-43 win over Villanova on Wednesday night.

The Panthers (14-4, 2/3 Big East) snapped a tie game with a 15-0 run to end the game and they held Villanova without a point for the final 5 minutes, 13 seconds.

The Panthers opened conference play with consecutive losses before a 28-point win at Georgetown. The Panthers lost at home the last time out to Marquette. They didn't play much better against the Wildcats, missing 12 of 15 3-point attempts and shooting 36 percent from the floor.

Against the struggling Wildcats, it was enough. Darrun Hilliard scored all 14 of his points in the first half. The Wildcats (11-6, 2-2) committed 18 turnovers.

This was the final Big East matchup at Villanova between the two intrastate rivals before the Panthers bolt for the ACC next season.

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