No. 20 Syracuse 84, Pittsburgh 73
Feb. 01, 1998
PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Todd Burgan scored seven of his 27 points in a 16-0 run at the start of the second half to carry No. 20 Syracuse to an 84-73 victory over Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Syracuse (17-4, 7-3 Big East) led 29-28 at halftime. The Orangemen took advantage of Pittsburgh turnovers on four consecutive possessions and scored 16 consecutive points in the first 3:55 of the second half to take a 45-28 lead. Jason Hart scored six of his 12 points in the same stretch.
The inexperienced Panthers were unable to handle Syracuse's man-to-man defense at the start of the second half, which forced the turnovers and poor shot selection.
Pittsburgh (7-9, 2-7) didn't get its first points of the second half until Atilla Cosby made a layup 4:18 into the half. The Panthers have lost 11 of their last 12 games against Syracuse.
Ryan Blackwell and Etan Thomas each scored 14 for Syracuse. Blackwell also had a game-high eight rebounds and blocked three shots.
Vonteego Cummings led Pittsburgh with 23 points, but 14 of those came after the Panthers had fallen behind by 24 points.
Burgan was 8-for-11 and was perfect on all five of his 3-pointers. He also made six of eight free throws and fell two points short of the career high.
Syracuse shot 35 percent in the first half (8-for-23) but improved to 68 percent (17-for-25) in the second.
Pittsburgh, forced into attempting 3-point shots to get back in the game, made only five of 23.
The Panthers have lost four consecutive games and five of six.