(3) Pittsburgh 70

(14-0, 2-0 Big East)

(11) Georgetown 54

(10-2, 1-1 Big East)

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    Top Performers

    Pittsburgh: D. Blair 20 Pts, 17 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Georgetown: D. Summers 22 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Ast

    Blair's double-double sends Pitt past Georgetown

    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON -- DeJuan Blair knew he was not the main focus of the two dozen or so NBA scouts or the national television audience. The featured attraction was supposed to be college basketball's latest flavor-of-the-month, Georgetown freshman Greg Monroe.

    In the second half, however, it was Blair who was thumping his chest while chants of "Let's Go, Pitt!" came from the upper-deck from the thousands of fans who made the trip to the nation's capital.

    Fast Facts

    • Pittsburgh starts the season 14-0 for the first time since the 2005-06 season, when they went 15-0, as the Panthers earn their third straight win over Georgetown.

    • Three players scored in double-figures for the Panthers, including a team-high 20 points and 17 rebounds from DeJuan Blair. It was the ninth double-double for Blair this season and 23rd for his career.

    • Georgetown, coming off of its upset win over No. 2 Connecticut on Monday, snapped its 29 game home win streak and 15 game home win streak against conference opponents at the Verizon Center.

    • It was the worst home loss for Georgetown since losing to Temple by 18 in 2004 (75-57). DaJuan Summers finished with a season-high 22 points for the Hoyas.

    -- ESPN research

    Blair and the No. 3 Panthers were muscling their way to a 70-54 win Saturday over the Hoyas (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today, No. 11 AP), ending Georgetown's 29-game home winning streak.

    "I played with something on my back saying, 'They're picking this young cat against me, and I'm not going to take it,'" Blair said. "I was always an underdog throughout my whole life. I think I showed a lot of people."

    Blair had 20 points and 17 rebounds, and the Panthers (14-0, 2-0 Big East) never trailed as they dominated the Hoyas on the boards, in the paint and with their depth.

    Rebounds: 46-21. Points in the paint: 48-22. Bench scoring: 14-2. Needless to say, those questions about the Panthers' early schedule -- this was their first game against a ranked team -- are now firmly put to rest.

    "They were saying, 'Who did Pitt play?'" Blair said. "We came into Georgetown and showed them what we can do. They can't say nothing now."

    Tyrell Biggs and Sam Young added 14 points apiece for the Panthers, who shot 53 percent in the second half in a rematch of the last two Big East tournament championship games. Levance Fields had eight assists and no turnovers, raising his ratio to an astounding 91-to-19 on the season.

    DaJuan Summers finished with 22 points for Georgetown, single-handedly keeping the Hoyas close until a 17-4 Pittsburgh run midway through the second half.

    Monroe added a quiet 15 points for the Hoyas (10-2, 1-1), who were dealt a sobering reality check five days after their road upset of No. 2 Connecticut. Monroe's 4-inch height advantage meant little against Blair's grit and determination.

    "He's real strong," Monroe said. "He's definitely knows how to use his strength, his width."

    Predictably, Georgetown coach John Thompson III downplayed the magnitude of the loss in much the same manner in which he refused to buy into the euphoria over the UConn win. After all, there's a road game at No. 7 Notre Dame on Monday.

    "We have no turnaround," Thompson said. "We leave tomorrow morning for South Bend. You can't dwell on that too long. We're a very good team, but we just had a very difficult stretch from that 14-minute mark where they did a good job of executing and we didn't."

    Monroe set the tone in both halves. He won the opening tip, scored the game's first points with a hook shot, then picked off a pass and made the score 4-0 with a layup. In the second half, he scored Pittsburgh's first seven points, including a hook shot against a triple-team after losing the ball and recovering it in the paint. Immediately after that play, he blocked Monroe's shot at the other end.

    In the decisive run later in the second half, Blair -- who played only eight minutes against Rutgers because of foul trouble -- dunked home a feed from Fields with 7:47 remaining to make the score 55-44, the first double-digit lead of the game.

    "We joked with him the last couple of days that he was going to be well-rested," Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said. "He had a lot of legs, and he was ready to go."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 70 54
    FG Made-Attempted 32-68 (.471) 18-51 (.353)
    3P Made-Attempted 3-19 (.158) 6-20 (.300)
    FT Made-Attempted 3-6 (.500) 12-17 (.706)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 9 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 20 0

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