Friars Lose at Pittsburgh as Panthers End 8-Game Skid

Pitt ends losing streak, beats Providence 86-74

By WILL GRAVES
AP Sports Writer
      PITTSBURGH (AP) – Ashton Gibbs scored 22 points – including 14
straight during a late first-half run – as Pittsburgh beat
Providence 86-74 on Wednesday night to end an eight-game losing
streak.

      Trayvon Woodall added 17 points and nine assists in his second
game back from groin and abdominal injuries as the Panthers (12-9,
1-7 Big East) won for the first time in five weeks.

      Pitt, the defending conference champions, broke out of a
five-week shooting slump thanks to Woodall. The junior point guard
appeared 100 percent for the first time in nearly two months,
pushing the tempo with ease as the Panthers ended their
longest-ever losing streak in Big East play.

      Vincent Council led the Friars (12-9, 1-7) with 26 points, 10
rebounds and nine assists, but Providence lost its third straight
by failing to adequately guard the worst shooting team in the
conference.

      
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