Late Bearcat Rally Not Enough For No. 4 Pittsburgh, 71-59

Feb. 5, 2011

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PITTSBURGH - Ashton Gibbs tied a career-high with 25 points and No. 4 Pittsburgh beat the Bearcats 71-59 on Saturday night.

Larry Davis had 13 points to lead Cincinnati (18-5, 5-5).

Gibbs topped his season average (15.9) less than 13 minutes into the game. He made his first six shots - all from the outside, including four from 3-point range - before missing a layup on a fast break late in the first half.

The Panthers took an early 10-2 lead and never allowed the Bearcats to get within 3 the rest of the way. They closed out the first half on a 16-4 run and hit 3-pointers on the first two possessions of the second half to double up Cincinnati at 46-23.

The Bearcats made a late charge, scoring eight consecutive points to pull to within 61-51. But the closest Cincinnati could get was within eight of the Panthers in the final minute.

Pitt is No. 1 in the nation in rebound margin, having out-rebounded 19 of its first 22 opponents, but the Bearcats became only the fourth team this season to out-rebound Pitt, 40-38.

The Bearcats shot a season-low 33.3 percent from the field (2-for-13 from 3-point range) and allowed the Panthers to shoot 46.8 percent.