PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Jaron Brown scored 19 points and hit Pittsburgh's only two 3-pointers to key a late-game comeback and the 13th-ranked Panthers struggled to beat Rutgers 59-49 Saturday." />
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Rutgers Falls at Undefeated #13/15 Pittsburgh, 59-49
  • Posted on January 17, 2004 12:00:00 AM
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  • PITTSBURGH, PA – Rutgers (9-5, 1-3 BIG EAST), trying for its second upset of a Top 25 team in as many Saturdays, led undefeated and No. 13/15 ranked Pittsburgh (18-0, 4-0), 47-43, with eight minutes left, but could not hold off the Panthers down the stretch, falling 59-49 at the Petersen Events Center.

    Junior Juel Wiggan hit a 15-foot jumper to put the Scarlet Knights up late, but Pittsburgh went on a 16-2 run to end the game.

    Rutgers controlled a good portion of the second half, leading by as many as six points in the period.

    Jaron Brown scored 19 points and hit Pittsburgh's only two 3-pointers to key the Panthers’ late-game comeback. Brown started Pitt’s comeback with a 3-pointer from the wing that cut Rutgers' lead to 47-46. Before then, Rutgers had ridden its 6-of-12 3-point shooting to open its lead, with junior Ricky Shields hitting a pair of 3s during a 10-0 run earlier in the half.

    Chris Taft, Pitt's 6-foot-10 freshman, had 17 points and 12 rebounds and teamed with Brown to lead the final spurt.

    Taft dunked to put Pitt up 48-47, then scored off a putback to make it 51-49 after freshman Quincy Douby's basket tied it at 49 with just over four minutes left -- Rutgers' final points. The Knights, playing a ranked team for the third time in four games, were trying to pull an even bigger upset than their 65-64 surprise win over No. 25 Providence on Jan. 10.

    Official Basketball Box Score
    Rutgers vs Pittsburgh
    01/17/04 12:00 PM at Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, PA
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    VISITORS: Rutgers (9-5, 1-3)
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
    ## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
    01 LAMIZANA, Herve..... f  3-12   0-1    0-3    0  4  4   5   6  3  3  1  0  27
    32 AXANI, Sean......... f  1-3    0-0    1-2    1  2  3   2   3  2  2  0  2  37
    04 HILL, Adrian........ c  4-8    0-0    0-0    3  5  8   1   8  1  0  1  0  35
    02 SHIELDS, Ricky...... g  3-9    2-7    2-2    1  5  6   3  10  2  1  0  0  29
    11 WEBB, Marquis....... g  2-2    2-2    1-2    2  1  3   0   7  2  1  0  0  28
    05 DOUBY, Quincy.......    2-4    1-1    0-0    0  0  0   1   5  0  0  0  0  10
    13 WIGGAN, Juel........    2-4    0-0    1-1    0  2  2   3   5  1  2  0  0  21
    21 JOYNES, Byron.......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   4   0  0  2  0  0   5
    44 WOOTEN, Calvin......    2-4    1-2    0-0    1  0  1   0   5  0  2  0  0   8
       TEAM................                         2  1  3
       Totals..............   19-46   6-13   5-10  10 20 30  19  49 11 13  2  2 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  9-24 37.5%   2nd Half: 10-22 45.5%   Game: 41.3%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-7  28.6%   2nd Half:  4-6  66.7%   Game: 46.2%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  4-5  80.0%   2nd Half:  1-5  20.0%   Game: 50.0%    2
    
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    HOME TEAM: Pittsburgh (18-0, 4-0)
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
    ## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
    02 TROUTMAN, Chevon.... f  2-2    0-0    1-2    3  5  8   3   5  1  2  1  0  32
    04 BROWN, Jaron........ f  8-15   2-2    1-3    2  2  4   1  19  3  0  1  5  39
    23 TAFT, Chris......... c  6-13   0-0    5-8    7  5 12   0  17  0  1  5  0  36
    01 PAGE, Julius........ g  4-9    0-1    0-1    0  2  2   1   8  2  0  0  0  38
    11 KRAUSER, Carl....... g  3-8    0-2    0-0    0  3  3   3   6  8  3  0  3  35
    03 DEMETRIS, Yuri......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  0  0  0   1
    21 McCARROLL, Mark.....    2-6    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   1   4  0  1  0  1   8
    22 GRAVES, Antonio.....    0-1    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  1  0  0  0   6
    55 MORRIS, Toree.......    0-1    0-0    0-0    1  1  2   0   0  0  0  0  0   5
       TEAM................                         3  1  4             1
       Totals..............   25-55   2-6    7-14  16 20 36  10  59 15  8  7  9 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 14-30 46.7%   2nd Half: 11-25 44.0%   Game: 45.5%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  0-2   0.0%   2nd Half:  2-4  50.0%   Game: 33.3%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  2-4  50.0%   2nd Half:  5-10 50.0%   Game: 50.0%    1
    
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    Officials: Mike Kitts (R), Curtis Shaw, Patrick Driscoll
    Technical fouls: Rutgers-None. Pittsburgh-None.
    Attendance: 12051
    Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
    Rutgers.......................   24   25  -   49
    Pittsburgh....................   30   29  -   59
    
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