Feb. 24, 1998
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Vonteego Cummings made a tiebreaking jumper with 45 seconds left to help Pittsburgh extend its winning streak to three games, beating Villanova 65-61 in a Big East game on Tuesday night.
The Panthers (11-13, 6-10) have matched their season-best winning streak. They beat three Patriot League opponents from Dec. 18-27.
Villanova (10-16, 7-10) has lost four consecutive games and six of its last seven.
Pittsburgh saw a three-point lead turn into a six-point deficit in six minutes of the second half as the Wildcats went on a 9-0 run while the Panthers missed eight consecutive shots.
Cummings started Pittsburgh's comeback when he made a 3-point shot with 3:08 remaining that cut Villanova's lead to three points. Attila Cosby made a pair of free throws, then Cummings made a shot that put the Panthers ahead by a point.
Jermaine Medley made a 3-pointer with 1:55 left for Villanova's last points of the game and a two-point lead. Hawkins scored with 1:35 left to tie the score. After Rafal Bigus missed a shot for Villanova, Cummings spun away from Howard Brown to bank in the shot that put Pittsburgh ahead to stay.
With 23 seconds left, Cosby slapped away John Celestand's shot and Jarrett Lockhart converted the turnover into a uncontested layup.
Cummings led Pitt with 22 points and eight assists. Cosby had 14 points and 12 rebounds. Hawkins and Ricardo Greer each scored 10.
Marvin O'Connor led Villanova with 14 while Celstand and Bigus each scored 12.