LOUISVILLE, Ky. No. 1 Pitt suffered its first loss of the season, falling to No. 20 Louisville, 69-63, on Saturday night.
In front of a sold-out Freedom Hall, Pitt blew a 13-point first half lead and a 10-point second-half lead to end the third-best start in the program’s history.
Louisville (13-3, 4-0) has beaten three ranked opponents in a row after a sluggish start for the consensus preseason top 5 Cardinals.
Pitt went more than eight minutes without a field goal in the second half, as Louisville turned a 55-45 deficit into a 66-60 lead.
Jermaine Dixon scored a season-high 19 points for Pitt, which led 55-45 with 8:45 to play. Sam Young added 14 points for the Panthers (16-1, 4-1). DeJuan Blair, in foul trouble for much of the game, ended with nine points and 10 rebounds.
Terrence Williams led Louisville (13-3, 4-0) with 20 points and Earl Clark added 16 points and 11 rebounds on his 21st birthday.
Pitt will turn around to play host to Syracuse on Monday at Petersen Events Center.