Pittsburgh 58

(20-8, 10-6 Big East)

(19) Villanova 67

(22-6, 11-5 Big East)

    2:00 PM ET, March 10, 2005

    Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

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    PITT 19 3958
    #19VILL 31 3667

    Top Performers

    Pittsburgh: C. Krauser 18 Pts, 9 Reb, 3 Ast, 4 Stl

    Villanova: R. Foye 23 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Blk

    Pitt's championship game run over

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Randy Foye scored 23 points and (No. 21 ESPN/USA, No. 19 AP) Villanova won its eighth straight game, beating Pittsburgh 67-58 on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament.

    The Wildcats (22-6) advanced to the semifinals for the second straight year where they will face eighth-seeded West Virginia. The Mountaineers (20-9) beat top-seeded Boston College 78-72 on Thursday.

    The loss ended Pittsburgh's four-year run of championship game appearances. The Panthers' only title in that span came in 2003.

    Pittsburgh (20-8) entered the game as the second-best shooting team in the conference at 47.8 percent. The Panthers shot a season-worst 35 percent (20-for-57) against Villanova, going 5-for-25 in the first half.

    The 58 points were the second-lowest total of the season for the Panthers (No. 23 ESPN/USA, No. 22 AP).

    Villanova entered the game as the Big East's second-leading defensive team allowing 62.3 points and the Wildcats were third in field goal percentage defense at 39.6. The Wildcats beat Pittsburgh 80-72 in the team's only meeting this season.

    Pittsburgh didn't have a field goal over the final 8½ minutes of the first half, going 0-for-9 and committing four turnovers. The Wildcats closed the half with a 14-5 run to take a 31-19 lead.

    Villanova got the lead to 17 points twice, the last time at 42-25 on two free throws by Foye with 13:15 left.

    Pittsburgh finally started to hit some shots and after missing its first nine 3-point attempts, Carl Krauser and Antonio Graves made consecutive 3s to get the Panthers within 46-39 with 7:50 to play.

    Curtis Sumpter, who had 17 points, hit a 3 on the next possession and then a long jumper to start a 13-4 run that ended with a turnaround by Sumpter that made it 59-43 with 3:53 to go.

    Allan Ray added 18 points for the Wildcats, who only shot 33 percent for the game, but were 26-for-30 from the free throw line.

    Krauser had 18 points for the Panthers, while Chris Taft had 10.

    Villanova has a 6-1 all-time record against Pittsburgh in the Big East tournament.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 58 67
    FG Made-Attempted 20-57 (.351) 18-54 (.333)
    3P Made-Attempted 3-17 (.176) 5-22 (.227)
    FT Made-Attempted 15-24 (.625) 26-30 (.867)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 1 17

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