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Pitt hands undermanned Syracuse second straight loss

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2/2/2013 4:44:18 PM
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Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Tray Woodall led a deep and balanced Pittsburgh attack with 13 points, as the Panthers handed sixth-ranked and undermanned Syracuse its second straight loss with a 65-55 decision.

The Panthers (18-5, 6-4 Big East) had 10 players reach the scoring column and won for the fifth time in their last six games, while also improving to 13-1 all-time against top-10 teams at the Petersen Events Center.

Pittsburgh has won nine of the last 11 matchups with Syracuse and five in a row against the Orange at home.

C.J. Fair scored 20 points and Brandon Triche added 14 for Syracuse (18-3, 6-2), which hadn't played since an overtime loss at Villanova last Saturday and has now dropped two in a row for the first time since Feb. 9-12, 2011.

The Orange utilized just a seven-man rotation. James Southerland remains sidelined because of an eligibility issue, while freshman center DaJuan Coleman underwent knee surgery on Tuesday and is expected to be sidelined for at least a month.

Pittsburgh opened a six-point lead early in the second half, but Syracuse tied it at 35-35 on a layup by Triche with 12 1/2 minutes to play. Cameron Wright then drilled a three as the shot clock expired on the next Pittsburgh possession and the Panthers never trailed again.

Lamar Patterson added a basket before a free throw by Dante Taylor extended the Pitt lead to 41-35. A three by Durand Johnson with just under six minutes to play pushed the advantage to 48-39.

The Orange got only as close as five from there, the last time at 55-50 on a layup by Fair with 1:21 left. Pitt followed with six straight for an 11-point cushion.

Steven Adams and J.J. Moore each scored eight points for the Panthers, while Patterson and Wright each contributed seven. The Pittsburgh bench outscored the Syracuse reserves 31-3.

Syracuse used an 8-0 run to open a 12-5 edge early in the contest, but Pittsburgh rebounded with nine of the next 11 points to tie it at 14-14. A three by Woodall with just under 6 1/2 minutes remaining in the first half gave the Panthers a 21-18 lead and Pitt went to the break with a 27-25 margin.

Game Notes: Michael Carter-Williams scored 13 points for Syracuse before fouling out, but made only 3-of-12 shots ... Triche was 4-of-14 from the field for the Orange, who shot a dismal 36.7 percent overall and made only 3-of-14 from beyond the arc ... Pittsburgh shot 48 percent overall and 3-of-15 from distance, but the Panthers held a 39-24 rebounding margin thanks to 12 boards from Talib Zanna ... Syracuse hasn't won in Pittsburgh since Feb. 29, 2004.

J.J. Moore (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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