Pittsburgh holds off Connecticut 69-61

Pittsburgh holds off Connecticut 69-61
January 19, 2013, 2:20 pm
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Pittsburgh's Steven Adams (13) goes up for a shot between Connecticut's DeAndre Daniels (2) and Omar Calhoun (21) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

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PITTSBURGH (AP) Lamar Patterson scored 14 points, Tray Woodall added 13 points and six assists and Pittsburgh withstood a late Connecticut rally to pull out a 69-61 win on Saturday.

James Robinson chipped in 12 points for the Panthers (15-4, 3-3 Big East), who recovered after blowing a 14-point lead in the second half.

UConn tied the game twice in the final 5 minutes but couldn't quite get over the top. Ryan Boatright led the Huskies (12-5, 2-3) with 20 points and Omar Calhoun added 14 but couldn't stop UConn from dropping its second straight.

Each time the Huskies pulled even, Pitt would respond. Woodall knocked down a 3-pointer after the Huskies knotted it at 55 and Robinson followed moments later with a 3-pointer of his own to break a 58-all tie.