Pittsburgh snaps three-game losing skid, beats Cincinnati 73-67

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PITTSBURGH (AP)—Sam Young had 20 points and DeJuan Blair had 18 as Pittsburgh snapped a three-game losing streak with a 73-67 win over Cincinnati on Wednesday.

Blair added a game-high 10 rebounds and Keith Benjamin had 11 points for the Panthers (20-8, 8-7 Big East), who won their 20th game for the seventh consecutive season.

John Williamson tied a career high with 27 points and Deonta Vaughn had 24 to account for the majority of the scoring for the Bearcats, who have lost two in a row.

The game featured seven ties and seven lead changes and neither team opened up a lead of more than seven. The game was tied at halftime, and Cincinnati (13-14, 8-7) opened the second half on an 11-4 run, but Pitt scored the next seven points to tie it again at 40.

Pitt held a two-point lead late until Levance Fields’ 3-pointer with 54 seconds left made it a two-possession game.

The win was the first for Pitt since starting point guard Fields returned from injury.

The Panthers started the season 11-0, but Fields injured his foot during a loss to Dayton on Dec. 29 after Pitt had climbed to No. 6. The team went 8-4 without Fields and lost all three games since he returned Feb. 15 at Marquette.

Fields had seven points and a team-high five assists.

Jamie Dixon became the first Pitt coach to win 20 games five seasons in a row with a victory that strengthens the team’s chances of making the NCAA tournament for the seventh straight year.

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Top Performers

 Top Performers
 Cincinnati
John Williamson John Williamson
12-18,  27 Pts
9 Rebs, 0 Assists
 Pittsburgh
DeJuan Blair DeJuan Blair
6-7,  18 Pts
10 Rebs, 4 Assists

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