Shorthanded Pitt Shocks Hoyas

Minus starting guards, Panthers knock off last unbeaten Big East team, 69-60
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Jan 14, 2008 9:47 PM CST
Pittsburgh's Keith Benjamin, left, guards Georgetown's Patrick Ewing Jr in the second half of the basketball game in Pittsburgh, Monday, Jan. 14, 2008. Pittsburgh beat Georgetown 69-60. (AP Photo/Keith...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Minus its two starting guards and suffering a profound height disadvantage, no. 15 Pittsburgh shocked no. 5 Georgetown in front of a rowdy home crowd, 69-60. Panthers big man DeJuan Blair continued to excel in his freshman campaign, snagging 15 points and nine rebounds despite conceding seven inches to the Hoyas' goliath center, Roy Hibbert (7'2").

Pitt is 4-1 since losing starting point guard Levance Fields, whose injury was followed by Mike Cook's one game later; replacements Ronald Ramon and Keith Benjamin had 18 points apiece. The game also served as venue for a recruiting visit from local high school quarterback and audience member Terrelle Pryor, the country's top football prospect.