PITTSBURGH A few days after Pitt lost starters Levance Fields and Mike Cook to injuries last month, coach Jamie Dixon delivered a simple message to his nine healthy scholarship players.
Namely, he would allow no excuses the rest of the season, nor would he set any limitations for those who remained.
Ronald Ramon and Keith Benjamin, playing new roles because of Pitt's numerous injuries, both scored 18 points, and the 15th-ranked Panthers surprised No. 5 Georgetown 69-60 on Monday night.
"Maybe we had fewer players, but I didn't hear anybody talking about getting ready for next season," Dixon said. "We knew we still had to get better, we still had to get stuff done."
Freshman DeJuan Blair outmuscled taller Georgetown for 15 points and nine rebounds.
The Panthers (15-2, 3-1 in Big East), their season seemingly in peril when Fields and Cook were hurt a game apart in late December, are 4-1 with Ramon at point guard in place of Fields and have stretched their home court winning streak to 13 games.
Jonathan Wallace had 14 points for Georgetown (13-2, 3-1), which had won five straight overall and had beaten Pitt four of five times.
Benjamin became a starter when Cook was hurt but is averaging 16.6 points while in the lineup, and his latest big game enabled Pitt to withstand leading scorer Sam Young's first game below double figures this season. Young, averaging 18.4, was held to nine points.
Young made his limited scoring count, hitting two key baskets as Pitt began the second half with a 15-4 run to take a 42-30 lead. Ramon and Benjamin hit 3-pointers on successive possessions.
The Hoyas made one more run by scoring eight consecutive points to get within 47-44 as Patrick Ewing Jr. dunked off Jeremiah Rivers' miss and drove for a layup on consecutive possessions. But Blair's three-point play with 8:31 left pushed Pitt's lead back to six.
The Hoyas couldn't make a late run, partly because they were only 3-of-20 on 3-pointers.
No. 3 KANSAS 85, OKLAHOMA 55: At Lawrence, Kan., Darnell Jackson had 17 points and Brandon Rush added 16 as No. 3 Kansas remained unbeaten Monday night with a rout of short-handed Oklahoma.
Darrell Arthur had 14 points and Mario Chalmers added 13 for the Jayhawks (17-0, 2-0 Big 12), who have won 31 of their last 32 games and are off to their best start since the 1996-97 team began 22-0.
Blake Griffin, Oklahoma's standout freshman, injured his knee while going for a rebound 5 minutes into the game and did not return. The 6-foot-10 Griffin, the Big 12's freshman of the week after scoring 53 points in his last two games, hobbled to the bench and then to the locker room. He returned to the bench wearing an ice pack on what television reports said was a sprained knee.
Without him, the Sooners (12-5, 0-2) were missing their leader in scoring, rebounding and steals and were hopelessly outmanned by a deep and talented Kansas team that's hardly been challenged so far this season, let alone beaten.