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Seton Hall stuns Pitt

March 4, 2006

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— Donald Copeland scored Seton Hall's last seven points during the final 1:56, and the Pirates ended No. 8 Pittsburgh's 16-game home winning streak with a 65-61 victory Friday night that greatly improved their NCAA Tournament chances.

Aaron Gray missed two free throws with 8.5 seconds remaining that would have tied it for Pittsburgh (21-6 overall, 10-6 Big East), and Copeland followed several seconds later with two free throws to deal the Panthers their second consecutive loss and third in four games.

Kelly Whitney scored 21 and grabbed nine rebounds as Seton Hall (18-10, 9-7) won its second in a row following three consecutive losses that damaged the Pirates' NCAA hopes. Copeland followed up a 28-point game against Cincinnati with 15 points, most down the stretch.

Pitt's late-season slump likely will drop the Panthers to the No. 6 seed in the Big East tournament and a 9 p.m. game Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. The Panthers were in position to secure the No. 4 spot and a first-round bye until losing to No. 16 West Virginia, 67-62, on Monday night.

The Panthers led, 16-6, with 51â2 minutes gone but were troubled after that by turnovers.

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