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Pitt sends Miami packing in Big East

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© St. Petersburg Times, published March 8, 2001

NEW YORK -- Pittsburgh ended Miami's conference season the same way it started -- with a decisive victory against the Hurricanes, 78-69, in the first round of the Big East tournament Wednesday night.

Ricardo Greer matched his season high with 27 for the Panthers, who earned a quarterfinal date today against Notre Dame, which has beaten Pitt twice this season. Donatas Zavackes and Brandin Knight had 16 apiece for the Panthers.

Pittsburgh (16-12) dominated the boards against Miami (16-12), with a 40-27 rebounding edge. Greer led with 11.

Miami was hampered by fouls. John Salmons, the Hurricanes' second-leading scorer, picked up three fouls in the first five minutes and sat most of the opening half. He was scoreless in 17 minutes before fouling out late. Leading scorer Darius Rice had five points, including a meaningless three-pointer with 12 seconds remaining.

Pittsburgh began its Big East season with a 62-51 victory against Miami, the first of four consecutive conference losses for the Hurricanes. Miami had finished the year with four wins in five games, two against Villanova.

Dwayne Wimbley led Miami with a career-high 20 points and James Jones scored 18.

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