SEATTLE – It took an officials’ review after the final buzzer, but Pitt ended Washington’s 31-game home winning streak against non-conference opponents in a 75-74 victory this afternoon at Bank of America Arena.
After watching instant replay, the officials ruled that a Justin Dentmon basket that would have provided the Huskies the winning points came after the final buzzer.
It was the first home loss to a non-Pacific 10 opponent for Washington (4-4) since losing to Gonzaga Dec. 3, 2003. It was the second consecutive road victory for No. 12 Pitt (9-0), coming off a 73-68 victory at Duquesne Wednesday.
The Huskies got a boost with the season debut of senior guard Ryan Appleby (thumb), who scored a team-high 18 points off the bench. Appleby had 12 in the first half, as Washington took a 37-34 halftime lead.
Appleby made 6 of 12 shots from 3-point range, including one with 6.8 seconds remaining that cut Washington’s deficit to 75-74.
Levance Fields led the Panthers with a game-high 20 points on 7 of 9 shooting from the field, but missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw with 5.5 seconds remaining. DeJuan Blair (16 points, 14 rebounds) grabbed the offensive board, but a jump ball was called when he became tangled with Washington’s Jon Brockman.
Dentmon took the inbounds pass, drove to the right sideline and put the ball behind his back once he crossed midcourt. Dentmon’s shot bounced off the rim and into the goal.
But after a lengthy review, the shot was waved off and the Panthers began a spirited celebration.
Sam Young, plagued by foul trouble in the first half, scored eight of Pitt’s final 10 points and finished with 14. Mike Cook also had 14 for the Panthers.
Washington got 17 points and 12 rebounds from Brockman, and 11 points from Tim Morris.
Pitt plays Oklahoma State at noon next Saturday at Petersen Events Center.