Pitt Denies Georgetown Big East Title

Panthers hammer Hoyas inside to end championship drought
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Mar 16, 2008 11:48 AM CDT
Pittsburgh's Levance Fields (2) reacts toward the end of the second half of the final round of the Big East Conference basketball tournament against Georgetown yesterday. Pittsburgh won 74-65.    (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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(Newser) – Ronald Ramon and DeJuan Blair made sure Pittsburgh would not be denied another Big East championship yesterday, reports the  Associated Press. The Panthers had been to the title game seven times, with only one win, until upsetting No. 9 Georgetown, 74-65. Ramon had 17 points and Blair had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Panthers (26-9), who grabbed the conference's automatic NCAA Tournament bid.

Roy Hibbert had 17 points for the Hoyas (27-5), who were trying to sweep the regular-season title and the tournament for the second straight year. Sam Young, who had 6 points in the title game, was named tournament MVP. Pittsburgh out-rebounded Georgetown 41-29, including 19 offensive rebounds. The Hoyas were just 8 for 24 in 3-pointers and committed 14 turnovers.