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Updated: Saturday, January 3, 2004 8:40 PM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(16) Pittsburgh 70, William & Mary 55

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Jaron Brown scored 19 points and Chevy Troutman added 18 as No. 16 Pittsburgh completed a perfect non-conference portion of their schedule with a 70-55 triumph over William & Mary.

Pittsburgh (14-0) went undefeated outside conference play for the first time in school history and the Panthers' senior class of Brown, Toree Morris and Julius Page recorded their 90th win - also a school record.

"It's exciting to be the winningest team, but the season is only half over and we want to continue to play hard and make it tough for the rest of the classes here at Pittsburgh that will follow us," Brown said.

The Panthers extended the nation's longest home winning streak to 34 games, one longer than Duke's current run. They complete a two-month stretch of games in Pittsburgh with next week's Big East opener against Virginia Tech.

"I'm very happy with the effort today," Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon said. "I feel that we have some talented guys and I believe that we have surprised other teams, but I'm not surprised that we're undefeated at this point."

Adam Hess had 18 points and Zeb Cope 16 for William & Mary (4-6). The Tribe have lost four of six overall and are 7-75 all-time against ranked teams.

"I'm very proud of the way our guys battled tonight," William & Mary coach Tony Shaver said. "They have a great team though and that's why they haven't lost a game yet in this building."

Pittsburgh held a 34-19 rebounding edge but committed 18 turnovers, missed 11-of-14 3-point attempts and was just 21-of-34 from the free-throw line.

The Tribe were able to hang around by making half of their 20 3-points attempts.

William & Mary led 21-11 with 8:49 left in the first half but the Panthers closed the half with a 24-5 burst and the Tribe never got closer than eight in the second half.


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