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Sixth Ranked Panthers Roll Past Colonials, 92-72

Sam Young puts up a hook shot vs. Robert Morris. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Sam Young puts up a hook shot vs. Robert Morris. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Feb. 2, 2009

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Sam Young had 23 points and DeJuan Blair 18 and No. 6 Pittsburgh beat Robert Morris 92-72 on Monday night.

Levance Fields added 12 points and 13 assists and Jermaine Dixon 15 points for the Panthers (20-2), who were playing their first game while not ranked in the top five since Nov. 22.

Pitt has won four of five since losing for the first time this season and falling from the No. 1 ranking it held for two weeks.

Jeremy Chappell had 19 points and added a team-high eight assists for the Colonials (15-8), who had a nine-game winning streak snapped.

Young is Pitt's leading scorer at 18.1 points per game. But he had cooled recently, having scored at least that many only three times in his previous 11 games--including a season-low five against Notre Dame on Saturday. Monday, he shot 8-for-11 from the field and 7-for-8 from the free throw line.

Robert Morris, which has lost all 27 all-time meetings with Pittsburgh, was within 24-22 midway through the first half but the Panthers went on a 29-11 run before the break to take over the game. Pitt scored a season-high 53 first-half points and has scored 185 points the past two games.

The Colonials led with 13 minutes to play in the two team's most recent meeting Nov. 29, 2006, but the Panthers won that one going away, too.

Rob Robinson had 15 points and Francisco Bateko 13 for Robert Morris, which shot 57 percent from the field but committed 19 turnovers and had only two offensive rebounds.

Pitt is 66-0 against teams from the Northeast Conference. Robert Morris, a school located in suburban Pittsburgh which is coached by former Panthers assistant Mike Rice, is in first place in that league.

The Panthers completed their non-conference season 13-0, marking the third time in the program's history they went undefeated outside of conference--all in the past six seasons.