Scores

Final

(9) Pittsburgh 82

(18-4, 8-3 Big East)

Georgetown 67

(11-11, 3-8 Big East)

    7:00 PM ET, February 18, 2003

    Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia

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    #9PITT 33 4982
    GTWN 33 3467

    Knight shakes off doldrums with season-high 23 points

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Brandin Knight, shaking off a senior-year slump, scored a season-high 23 points as No. 9 Pittsburgh beat Georgetown 82-67 Tuesday night.

    Chevon Troutman

    Chevon Troutman slams down two points past the hapless Hoyas.

    Knight, who has been struggling to match his third-team All-American season from a year ago, was 7-for-12 from the field and 6-for-6 from the free throw line in scoring more than 20 points for only the second time this season.

    He took over the game down the stretch, scoring seven points in an 11-4 run that gave Pitt an eight-point lead with seven minutes to play. He also had six assists.

    Knight, who entered the game shooting 33 percent from the field and 45 percent from the line, has battled a sprained ankle and the flu at various times this season.

    Donatas Zavackas, in his first game as a reserve, added 17 points and was 3-for-4 from 3-point range for the Panthers (18-4, 8-3 Big East), who broke a three-game road losing streak.

    Mike Sweetney had 28 points and eight rebounds for Georgetown (11-11, 3-8), which fell back into last place in the Big East West Division. The Hoyas have lost seven of eight and are in danger of not qualifying for the Big East tournament for the first time. The 15-point defeat was their worst of the season.

    The Hoyas have lost more than their share by one point and in overtime, but Knight made sure that wouldn't happen when he hit a 3-pointer, two free throws and a runner in the paint during the key run in the second half.

    While Knight was taking control, the Hoyas weren't going to their big threat. Sweetney failed to touch the ball on three consecutive offensive possessions during the run.

    The game was postponed 24 hours by the massive weekend snowstorm that hit the mid-Atlantic. Pittsburgh had been in town since Saturday, but there weren't enough officials available to play the game Monday.

    The stir-crazy Panthers showed the effects of three days cooped up in a hotel when they made just two shots in six sluggish minutes to start the game. Georgetown took an 11-4 lead behind Sweetney and Gerald Riley, but Knight made up ground with a 3-pointer that cut the lead to one and another that gave Pitt a 22-20 lead.

    Tony Bethel hit two 3-pointers late in the half for Georgetown and it was 33-33 at halftime. Knight, averaging 9.7 points a game, had 10 at halftime.

    The Panthers opened the second half with a 7-0 run, but the Hoyas topped it with a 9-0 spurt to go ahead 42-40. Pitt had seven turnovers in first 6 minutes of the second half.

    Chevon Troutman, whose field goal percentage would easily lead the nation if he had taken just a few more shots, scored seven points on 3-for-5 shooting and had nine rebounds for Pitt. Troutman entered the game shooting 74.3 percent, threatening Steve Johnson's NCAA record of 74.6 percent. He started for just the third time this season, taking Zavackas' spot in the lineup.

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