Pittsburgh's DeJuan Blair shook his arms at the screaming Washington student section trying to quiet them down. Coach Jamie Dixon looked at the scorer's table for any sign that the 12th-ranked Panthers would remain unbeaten.
On the opposite side, Justin Dentmon was being mobbed by his Washington teammates for apparently hitting a needed game-winning shot. In the middle of it all in Seattle, a Pacific Ten officiating crew stared at a television monitor, trying to determine if Pittsburgh was still undefeated.
The Panthers are 9-0. Barely.
Dentmon's runner in the lane as the buzzer sounded was disallowed after a lengthy video review, and the Panthers held off a late rally by Washington (4-4) for a 75-74 victory yesterday.
Dentmon had taken an inbounds pass with 4 seconds left the length of the court and shot from 12 feet away as time expired. "It is really hard because you have it," he said, "and then they take it away from you and it feels like everything just went bad."
Levance Fields led the Panthers with 20 points, but missed the front end of a one-and-one with 5 seconds left, setting up the frantic final moments. Friends' Central product Mike Cook added 14 points.
Ryan Appleby, who missed the first seven games with a thumb injury, led Washington with 18 points.