Durand Johnson and Trey Zeigler each scored 13 points points to lead Pittsburgh to a 58-43 win over Villanova on Wednesday night.
The Panthers (14-4, 2-3 Big East) snapped a tie game with a 15-0 run to end the game and they held Villanova without a point for the final 5 minutes, 13 seconds.
The Panthers opened conference play with consecutive losses before a 28-point win at Georgetown. The Panthers lost at home the last time out to Marquette. They didn't play much better against the Wildcats, missing 12 of 15 3-point attempts and shooting 36 percent from the floor.
Against the struggling Wildcats, it was enough. Darrun Hilliard scored all 14 of his points in the first half. The Wildcats (11-6, 2-2) committed 18 turnovers.
With each team unable to score, the game was close, if not ugly. James Bell's steal and bucket - off Pitt's 14th turnover - tied the game at 43-all.
Villanova's tight double team nearly forced turnover No. 15, but Zeigler found Steve Adams alone near the baske...