SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Different month and different coach on the Syracuse bench. Same result for the Orange against nemesis Pittsburgh.
Jamel Artis had 21 points and 11 rebounds, James Robinson added 13 points, and Pittsburgh beat Syracuse 66-52 on Saturday.
Defense, including a 20-rebound margin, won this one.
''We just took pride. You can't count on one man to stop a player,'' said Artis, who had 16 points in the second half. ''It's five guys out there and we all have to buy into the same thing. We did that.''
Syracuse's top four scorers - Michael Gbinije, Malachi Richardson, Trevor Cooney and Tyler Roberson - were held in check the entire game, going 3 for 10 in the opening half as Tyler Lydon nearly singlehandedly kept the Orange in the game with 13 points.
The quartet finished a combined 6 for 30 for 19 points - Gbinije averages 17.2 - and Gbinije, Cooney and Richardson failed to hit a shot from beyond the arc in the second half, missing nine attempts as the Orange shot 1 of 12 from long range after the break.
''Even with the rebounding, our defense held us in there pretty good for a long time, but we have to make shots if we're going to be successful,'' Orange coach Jim Boeheim said. ''We've got to make shots. That's the bottom line.''
Pittsburgh (19-7, 8-6 ACC), which snapped a three-game skid on Tuesday with a 101-96 double-overtime victory at home over Wake Forest, has won four straight against Syracuse (18-10, 8-7). The Orange lost their second straight after a five-game winning streak.
It was a game for position in the mid-pack of the Atlantic Coast Conference and a chance for both teams to boost their resumes for the postseason. The Orange were ranked 41st in RPI and Pitt just four spots below.
Lydon, a freshman, led Syracuse, matching his season high with 21 points, and Gbinije had 10, matching his season low.
The Panthers won the first game between the teams in December, opening conference play with a 72-61 victory at Petersen Events Center, pulling away in the final minutes of what had been a tight game. Boeheim was serving a nine-game NCAA suspension as assistant Mike Hopkins got his first dose of ACC play.
It was close again on Saturday, and Pitt exerted itself with a 14-3 run in the closing minutes for another important win.
Midway through the second half, Richardson, Cooney and Roberson were a combined 1 for 16, but the Orange stayed in the game with its defense, holding Pitt without a basket for more than 6 minutes.
Richardson's driving layup off the glass, his first basket of the game, and Lydon's fourth 3 of the game gave Syracuse a 43-42 lead with 8:40 to go.
Sheldon Jeter's three-point play put the Panthers back in front and Dajuan Coleman's slam off a feed from Roberson knotted the game at 45 with 7:14 left.
Artis then broke the tie with a 3 from the wing, Chris Jones converted a pair of free throws, and a baseline jumper by Ryan Luther made it 52-45 with 3:52 left.
Syracuse missed six straight shots in the closing moments and Jeter's three-point play with 2:06 left pretty much sealed it.
''We knew it was going to come down to those guys penetrating and making plays for themselves, or kicking it out (to the perimeter),'' Robinson said. ''We do a pretty good job of knowing other teams' tendencies. It was just players making plays.''
Pittsburgh: The Panthers are 7-2 in the Carrier Dome under Dixon. ... Robinson had a 4.71 assist-to-turnover ratio entering the game, the fourth-best mark in the nation. He had five assists with three turnovers on Saturday in his 128th career start, which matches the program record for starts set by Julius Page. ... Pitt is 6-6 against teams currently in the top 100 in RPI. ... Pitt out-rebounded its previous two opponents 99-64, 45-10 on the offensive glass.
NOTABLE STAT: Pitt, which led 30-28 at halftime, finished with a 43-23 edge on the glass, 14-6 on the offensive boards. Leading scorer Michael Young finished with only eight points, half his season average, but had a game-high 13 rebounds.
Syracuse: The Orange's 1995-96 team, which finished 29-9, was honored at halftime. John Wallace led that team on an improbable run to the national championship game against Kentucky, but with a short bench the Orange tired in the last moments and lost 76-67. ... Roberson, who was tied for eighth in offensive rebounding average (4.1), had one offensive board against Pitt. ... Boeheim, who had 101 career victories vacated by an NCAA investigation, has 879 wins, tied with Dean Smith for third all-time behind Mike Krzyzewski and Bob Knight. The Orange are 14-4 in games he's coached this season.
Pittsburgh hosts Louisville on Wednesday night.
Syracuse hosts North Carolina State next Saturday
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