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March 7, 2009PITTSBURGH - Sam Young dominated one of this season's biggest games with 31 points and No. 3 Pittsburgh likely secured one of the top seeds in the NCAA tournament, opening up a 14-point lead early in the second half before holding off top-ranked UConn 70-60 on Saturday.
Pittsburgh (28-3, 15-3 Big East) had never beaten a No. 1-ranked team in school history, only to accomplish it twice in less than a month ? both times against UConn (27-3, 15-3).
Still, the Panthers did it a different way than they did in winning at UConn, when 6-foot-7 DeJuan Blair pushed around 7-foot-3 Hasheem Thabeet for 22 points and 23 rebounds and Thabeet ended with only five points and four rebounds. This time, Blair had eight points and eight rebounds in a relatively quiet performance, while Thabeet had all 14 of his points in the first half.
After UConn went on a 12-0 run keyed by A.J. Price's eight points to close within 52-50 with 8:24 remaining, Young made a lay-up through traffic to make it 54-50, then went above the rim to put down Levance Fields' high lob pass ? a dunk that drew the loudest roar of the game from the crowd and seemed to take the life out of UConn's rally.
Price, who finished with 19 points, responded with another three-pointer, but Jermaine Dixon drove the lane past Thabeet, Young dunked again on Pittsburgh's next possession and added a free throw to finish off a three-point play, giving Pittsburgh a 61-53 lead with 4:42 remaining.
Without Thabeet inside, UConn didn't have enough to respond. Jeff Adrien finished with 11 points, Kemba Walker had 10 in 31 minutes off the bench and Stanley Robinson had six.
Pittsburgh finished 19-0 at home while UConn suffered its first road loss of the season.
Saturday night's game between No. 6 Louisville and West Virginia will determine whether Pittsburgh wins a share of the Big East regular season title, while UConn is guaranteed the No. 3 seed in the Big East tournament.