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Updated: Sunday, January 23, 2005 1:03 AM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(17) Pittsburgh 76, (13) Connecticut 66

STORRS, Connecticut (Ticker) -- It was cold and snowy outside, but inside, Chevy Troutman was red-hot.

Troutman scored a career-high 29 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead No. 17 Pittsburgh to a 76-66 victory over No. 13 Connecticut in a Big East Conference game.

The game was played in the middle of the biggest blizzard of the winter, with the state of Connecticut predicted to receive upwards of 20 inches of snow.

After starting the season with 10 straight victories, the Panthers (13-3, 3-2 Big East) have won three of their last six, beating the Huskies in their first appearance at Gampel Pavilion since February 6, 1995.

"It is obviously a hostile environment," Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon said. "The guys did an unbelievable job getting it done. They battled and believed in each other to come back and do the things they did."

Trailing 53-41, Pittsburgh went on a 20-3 run, including 11 consecutive points by Troutman, to pull ahead 61-56 with seven minutes remaining.

Connecticut (11-4, 3-2) got within 63-62 on a jumper by Denham Brown with 4:32 left before Troutman closed the contest by scoring 12 of Pittsburgh's final 15 points and finished with 25 in the second half.

"It was pretty hard for me to get him," Huskies center Hilton Armstrong said. "He was low to the ground. He's pretty strong and used his legs pretty good, his hands pretty well too. He played smart."

Carl Krauser scored 15 points and Chris Taft added 10 for the Panthers, who held the Huskies to 28 percent (8-of-29) shooting from the floor in the second half.

"We lost four games this year and far and away this was the most disappointing," Huskies coach Jim Calhoun said. "I have no idea why, at the beginning of the second half, we decided that all of a sudden, we had to take 3-point shots. We are the second-worst team in the league in that position."

"The team defense was there," Dixon said. "We contested shots a little better. We got through screens. It was something we talked about at halftime."

The Huskies were in control in the opening half and took a 43-26 lead, thanks to three 3-pointers by Rashad Anderson during a 26-9 run.

Anderson finished with 19 points, while Charlie Villanueva added 14 for Connecticut, which was outscored 44-23 in the second half.

"We played 20 minutes of basketball and in the second half we just let up," Anderson said. "Shots just weren't falling for us and we just made silly mistakes."


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