PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Chevy Troutman carried 18th-ranked Pittsburgh to its second tough win in a week.
Troutman had 15 of his 23 points after the break - including four in a crucial stretch late in the contest - as Pittsburgh edged Seton Hall, 67-63, in a Big East Conference matchup.
Troutman and fellow seniors Yuri Demetris and Mark McCarroll recorded their 100th win at the school in dramatic fashion. Pittsburgh (12-2, 2-1 Big East) was cruising with a 48-34 lead 6:17 into the second half, but a jumper by Seton Hall senior John Allen ignited a 23-4 burst that put the Pirates in control.
The run left Seton Hall (8-6, 0-3) with a seemingly comfortable 58-51 edge and all the momentum when Troutman had a three-point play with 4:47 to go. He added a steal 17 seconds later and then had an offensive rebound that led to a bucket.
After a block with 2:40 left, Troutman had three-point plays 41 seconds apart to put Pittsburgh on top, 65-63. He then all but sealed the game with a steal and a free throw with 61 seconds remaining.
"I just felt like it was going to come down to a three-point game, like it was," Troutman said. "I just felt like when the ball was coming to me that I had to take the opportunity. The guards did a great job getting the ball down low so we could work the ball in. They guarded the perimeter and left us open down low. That's what happens when they play the perimeter."
"Chevy just does what he does," teammate Carl Krauser said. "He's an animal. He's a beast. He has a great knack for the ball on the rebound side of the ball and finds a way to come through on the clutch. He's a force."
Both coaches appreciated Troutman's effort.
"Chevy has done it before, but that one probably tops the list as far as making big plays," Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon said. "He did it on the offensive and defensive ends. That guy just battled throughout."
"Hey, he's tough," Seton Hall coach Louis Orr said. "He's a senior. He's won a lot of games. I have a lot of respect for him. He's one of the best all-around players in the game. He defends, he rebounds and he's certainly there offensively. He's tough."
The 6-7 senior also helped Pittsburgh avoid an upset at Rutgers on January 8, grabbing a key offensive rebound in overtime as the Panthers escaped with a 66-63 triumph.
Chris Taft added 14 points for Pittsburgh, which shot 54 percent (14-of-26) in the first half but missed eight of 16 free throws over the final 20 minutes.
"I thought it was a great effort on both ends," Dixon said. "I thought both teams just battled and it was a great win against a very good team for us. (There was) just a lot of gritting it out and battling. Being down and not giving up is the best thing about a team. That's what we did."
Freshman Justin Cerasoli and John Allen led the Pirates with 15 points apiece but Seton Hall has lost three straight since its season-high four-game winning streak.
"We showed a lot of courage tonight and fought," Orr said. "I'm proud of our toughness. On the road, going down 10-12, we didn't give up. That's what you can do - turn a 10-12 deficit into a six-point lead if you scrap. This is not an easy place to play. Pitt is a very good team, but our guys hung (in it)."
"Every game we come out we want to make strides, but ultimately we want to win," Allen said. "We want that victory. We know this is a tough place to play. Just to be here is a good thing. Hopefully we put everything together for our next game."
The Pirates committed just nine turnovers but shot 40 percent (23-of-57) and missed 10 of 22 free throws.
Pittsburgh has won seven of its last eight home games against Seton Hall.