- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 6, 2005

PITTSBURGH — Georgetown beat a ranked team for the first time in nearly three years last night.

Forward Brandon Bowman made a driving layup with 8.4 seconds left to lead Georgetown to a 67-64 upset of No.16 Pittsburgh in the Big East opener for both schools.

The last time Georgetown (9-3) beat a ranked opponent was Jan.28, 2002, when the Hoyas defeated No.14 Syracuse 75-60.

This Georgetown win snapped a five-game losing streak to the Panthers that began in the 2000-01 season and marked just the third time — but second game in a row — Pitt (10-2) has lost at the three-year-old Petersen Events Center.

“[Assistant] Coach [Robert] Burke had an idea that since they were playing shorter guys on me the whole night, I should take advantage of that,” Bowman said of his game-winning drive. “I faked over the screen, drove to the hole and I think a couple people collapsed. … I made the bucket, then we got back on defense and caused a couple turnovers.”

Georgetown guard Ashanti Cook, who scored a game- and career-high 23 points, then clinched the victory when he made one of two free throws. On the following inbounds play, Panthers sophomore guard Antonio Graves threw the ball away in traffic near midcourt — Pitt’s 13th turnover.

The Hoyas made 11 of 21 3-pointers in the game, with Cook going 4-for-4. Bowman scored 18 points and added nine rebounds.

“We hit shots tonight,” Bowman said. “We weren’t forcing as many shots as we had been.”

After cruising through their first 10 games without challenge, the Panthers stumbled at home Sunday in a 69-66 stunner against Bucknell, the preseason favorite in the Patriot League. That knocked the Panthers out of the top 10.

The Hoyas put on an uncanny first-half shooting display by making nine of 12 3-pointers. Panthers coach Jamie Dixon elected to stay in a 2-3 zone, and the Hoyas merely shot over it to take a 39-34 halftime lead. The hot Hoyas shot 60 percent from the field in the first half.

“In the first half we were getting nothing inside — we were getting all 3s,” Georgetown coach John Thompson III said.

Georgetown freshman point guard Jonathan Wallace went 3-for-3 from behind the 3-point arc for nine points in the half. Bowman added nine on 4-for-7 shooting, and senior forward Darrel Owens nailed two 3-pointers on his only shots of the half. The Hoyas led 28-9 with 9:34 left before halftime.

“We had a lot of breakdowns on defense,” Pitt center Chris Taft said. “They hit tough shots in the first half, but there is no reason we should be down 28-9 in the first half.”

Pitt point guard Carl Krauser decided to take over late in the half. Scoreless for the first 15 minutes, Krauser scored a team-high 12 points in the last five, cutting Georgetown’s lead to 33-29 with 1:43 left.

The Panthers came out refocused in the second half. The Hoyas helped by going scoreless for the opening 4:40 as the Panthers recaptured the lead.

Taft scored five of Pitt’s first seven points to open the final session. His 12-foot jump hook and free throw after being fouled by Jeff Green gave the Panthers a 42-39 lead with 15:23 left in the game.

Taft finished with a team-high 20 points and six rebounds. Krauser finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and a game-high seven assists.

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