Whether star center Aaron Gray scores a lot or a little, Pittsburgh just keeps on winning.
The seventh-ranked Panthers seek their sixth straight victory and go for their fourth 4-0 start to conference play in five seasons Saturday when they host Georgetown.Gray, the preseason Big East player of the year, scored 18 points and added seven rebounds Wednesday to lead Pittsburgh (15-2, 3-0) to its fifth consecutive win, 59-49 over DePaul.Although Gray is averaging 14.9 points per game this season, he had not reached double figures in any of the previous four games of the winning streak -- a fact which did not concern Panthers coach Jamie Dixon."We're not into embarrassing our opponents," Dixon said. "Some games he's going to have more. I thought (DePaul) would double-team more, and they didn't do that."Aaron is such a good passer. We're going through him every game. If you look at the stats and don't see the game, you might see less shots, but that doesn't mean he's not getting as many touches. We count touches, not so much shots."Defense has keyed the Panthers' strong play. Pittsburgh, which defeated South Florida 69-48 on Sunday, has limited back-to-back Big East opponents to fewer than 50 points for the first time in its history. The Panthers are allowing 53.6 points per game during the win streak.Pittsburgh never trailed Wednesday night and held DePaul to 34.5 percent shooting from the field. It was the ninth time in 17 games the Panthers held their opponent below 40 percent, and they are 9-0 in those contests.The Hoyas (11-4, 1-1), meanwhile, will try to bounce back from a frustrating offensive night. Georgetown committed a season-high 22 turnovers, shot only 42.1 percent from the floor and saw its seven-game winning streak snapped in a 56-52 defeat to Villanova on Monday."They threw different looks at us -- different from what we were used to seeing earlier in the season," said Georgetown guard Jonathan Wallace, who had a career-worst six turnovers. "They tried to slow us down and get us out of our rhythm."Freshman DaJuan Summers scored a team-high 16 points, but the Wildcats' defense forced the Hoyas -- who went 6-for-20 from 3-point range -- to take lots of low-percentage shots. Center Roy Hibbert, whose 11.7 points per game lead Georgetown, scored a season-low two points and did not attempt a field goal."We need to work on that," Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. "We have to do a better job of getting (Hibbert) the ball in the paint."The Hoyas are looking to defeat the Panthers for the third straight time following a five-game losing streak in the series. The Big East rivals meet again Feb. 24 at the Verizon Center.