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Pittsburgh Rally Falls Short Against UConn, 74-65

Pittsburgh's Tray Woodall, right, drives past Connecticut's Ryan Boatright.

Pittsburgh's Tray Woodall, right, drives past Connecticut's Ryan Boatright.

March 3, 2012

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STORRS, Conn. (AP) - Jim Calhoun returned to the bench after more than a month of medical leave and coached Connecticut to a 74-65 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Shabazz Napier scored 23 points, including a big 3-pointer with a minute left, and Roscoe Smith added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Huskies (18-12, 8-10 Big East) who kept alive hopes for an at-large bid to defend their NCAA national championship.

J.J. Moore led Pittsburgh (16-15, 5-13) with 16 points.

The Panthers, who were coming off a 20-point win over St. John's, came back from a 14-point halftime deficit to take a 61-60 lead with 2:51 left, but could not hold on and lost for the sixth time in seven games.