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No. 15 Pitt holds off Oklahoma State

Dec 10, 2011 - 11:36 PM New York, NY (Sports Network) - Ashton Gibbs scored 17 points and Nasir Robinson added 15 to lead No. 15 Pittsburgh to a wire-to-wire, 74-68, victory over Oklahoma State at Madison Square Garden.

Lamar Patterson filled the stat sheet with 12 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Panthers (9-1), winners of seven straight.

Le'Bryan Nash netted a game-high 20 points for the Cowboys (6-3), whose other two setbacks this season came at MGS during the NIT Season Tip-Off.

Pitt never trailed and created some space by scoring 13 of the final 17 points of the first half. Gibbs hit two from long range during the run, which gave the Big East powerhouse a 42-30 lead at the break.

Oklahoma State never seriously threatened in the second half until the final minute, when Keiton Page drained a three-pointer and Markel Brown stole the ensuing inbounds pass and put in a layup while being fouled.

The bucket pulled the Cowboys within 71-66 with 18 seconds left, but Brown missed the free throw. Gibbs grabbed the long rebound, was immediately fouled and hit two free throws to ice the victory.

Game Notes

Page totaled 12 points while Brown scored 10 for the Cowboys, who shot 16 less free throws (29-13)...Pitt won the battle on the glass, 43-25...The Panthers have amassed a 27-13 record at MSG since 2000-01...Oklahoma State lost to Stanford and Virginia Tech in the NIT Season Tip-Off.