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Dayton Deals Pittsburgh First Loss

Pittsburgh's Sam Young (23) tries to drive past the defense of Dayton's Charles Little during the first half

Pittsburgh's Sam Young (23) tries to drive past the defense of Dayton's Charles Little during the first half

Dec. 29, 2007

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Brian Roberts scored 31 points and Dayton upset No. 6 Pittsburgh 80-55 on Saturday night, extending the Flyers' winning streak to 10 and handing the Panthers their first loss of the season.

Pittsburgh (11-1) had no answer for Roberts, who got repeated open looks and took full advantage. Marcus Johnson added 15 points and Kurt Huelsman 12 for the Flyers.

Dayton (11-1) also hit 22 of 28 free throws and outrebounded the Panthers 41-34.

When Roberts wasn't shooting from the outside, Dayton was able to get the ball inside to the 6-foot-10 Huelsman, who would drive to the basket, dish the ball off or kick it back outside.

Dayton's stifling defense often thwarted Pittsburgh's efforts to cut to the basket and forced the Panthers to take outside shots. Dayton hit 52 percent from the floor, compared to 30 percent for the Panthers.

Sam Young led the Panthers with 15 points. Levance Fields added 13.

The Flyers held freshman DeJuan Blair to nine points and six rebounds. Blair, who was averaging 12 points and 10 rebounds, sat out much of the first half because of foul trouble, and played 15 minutes of the second half with four fouls.

Fields went down at 15:45 of the second half with an ankle injury. He was helped to the locker room and didn't return to the game.

Roberts had 19 points in the first half -- scoring 12 in a span of 3:19. His 3-pointer with a second remaining gave the Flyers a 45-33 halftime lead.

Blair cut the Flyer lead to 11 with a layup at 16:20, making the score 51-40. But Johnson had a layup, and Charles Little added two buckets to give Dayton a 57-40 lead at 14:29, and the Flyers never looked back.

When Roberts hit a 3-pointer at 8:05 to give Dayton a 20-point lead, the sellout crowd of 13,435 went wild, waving Flyers towels that turned the arena into a sea of white.