Instant Analysis: Pitt at Georgetown
WASHINGTON -- ESPN.com's Dana O'Neil provides instant analysis from Pitt's 70-54 win at Georgetown on Saturday.
GAME ANALYSIS: Its schedule questioned, its own success dwarfed by Connecticut early and then by the Hoyas' upset of the Huskies, Pitt now has stepped front and center into the spotlight.
Fans of "West Side Story" would appreciate games between Pitt and Georgetown: They are all street fights, never works of art. This was no different -- the game was won with defense and rebounding. The Panthers cleaned out the Hoyas on the glass, turning every rebound into a personal battle they refused to lose.HOW THE GAME WAS WON: After DaJuan Summers sank a 3-pointer to knot the game at 40, the Panthers turned up the heat, sprinting to an 11-2 run. Chronically underappreciated Sam Young started the swing, grabbing a rebound off of a Levance Fields 3, missing a jumper and then following his own shot for the tip in. That single play was a microcosm of the game, in which the Panthers outworked and outhustled the Hoyas on the boards.
TURNING POINT: Hard to say in a half where there wasn't much wiggle room for either team. The Hoyas were threatening to charge in for an end-of-half lead when Levance Fields found Gilbert Brown sneaking on the baseline. Fields hit the hard-cutting Brown for an authoritative alley-oop to give Pitt a 33-30 halftime cushion. TURNING POINT II: Georgetown was skating on relatively thin ice until Chris Wright scored on a sliding baseline backdoor cut (what, you were expecting something else from John Thompson III?). Wright's bucket put the Hoyas within two and injected life into a Verizon Center crowd that was desperate to cheer for something.
PLAYER OF THE HALF: Without DaJuan Summers in the first half, the Hoyas were staring at a cavern of a hole. The junior shot 6-of-9 from the floor, including a flawless 3-of-3 from the arc, for 16 first-half points. Considering the rest of his team shot 3-of-17 from the floor, Summers wasn't part of the Georgetown offense. He was the Hoyas' offense.STAT OF THE HALF: The Panthers started their board assault early and their 24-15 first-half advantage was bigger in scope than in numbers, as it allowed Pitt to keep the Hoyas just far enough at bay to hold on to the halftime lead. HOME COOKIN': Pitt's Sam Young and Jermaine Dixon brought their fair share of fans to D.C. Young grew up in Clinton, Md., and Dixon is from Baltimore. His older brother, Washington Wizards guard Juan Dixon, who took Maryland to the 2002 NCAA title, was in attendance.
Dana O'Neil is a college basketball writer for ESPN.com.
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