ORLANDO — Pittsburgh's suffocating defense forced 17 turnovers, helping the Panthers jump out to a 13-0 lead and cruising to a 77-48 victory over Colorado in second-round NCAA Tournament action Thursday.
The ninth-seeded Panthers (26-9) face Florida on Saturday.
The 29 point-win was the largest in an NCAA Tournament game in school history and Pitt's first tourney victory since the 2010-11 season.
"Obviously our defense got us going in the first half, and it was aggressiveness," said Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon.
The eighth-seeded Buffaloes (23-12) never led. They trailed 46-18 at halftime, done in by turnovers and an inability to stop Pitt forward Talib Zanna.
"It was a nightmare start," said Colorado forward Josh Scott, who had a team-high 14 points and six rebounds.
"The energy, you can tell the energy was there and the focus," said Zanna, who had a team-high 18 points and five rebounds in just 26 minutes.
dayton 60, ohio st. 59: Dayton is reconfiguring the college basketball map in Ohio. It no longer runs through Columbus after Vee Sanford's layup with 3.8 seconds left secured 11th-seeded Dayton's victory over sixth-seeded Ohio State in Buffalo, N.Y.
"I guess they called us the little brother, or whatever," Flyers guard Jordan Sibert said. "We can't be called that anymore."
Sibert transferred to Dayton after two seasons at Ohio State.
"To be able to go out there and play with this group of guys, to be able to come up with this win, it's unbelievable," Sibert said.
Sanford, a transfer from Georgetown, secured the victory in a game that featured 15 lead changes between schools separated by 75 miles.
After Ohio State's Aaron Craft hit a reverse layup with 15.5 seconds remaining, the Flyers worked it to Sanford on the right wing. Driving the lane, he got a step on Craft and banked in a shot. Craft missed a 10-footer as time expired.
The Flyers (24-10) have won 11 of 13. The Buckeyes (25-10) were eliminated in the first game for only the third time in 26th tournament appearances.
"I just wanted to do everything I could to help our team win, and down the stretch I couldn't do that," Craft said. "I can take the blame for that."
Craft had no time for questions about whether Dayton can stake claim to being the state's better basketball school for one year at least.
"Sorry, I have zero thoughts on that right now," he said.
syracuse 77, w. mich. 53: Trevor Cooney scored 18 and the third-seeded Orange (28-5) stifled the 14th-seeded Broncos (23-10) in Buffalo, N.Y.
"It was just good to see one go in," said Cooney, who had struggled since hitting nine 3s against Notre Dame last month.
Syracuse forced 11 turnovers in the opening half in running out to a double-digit lead. Western Michigan's David Brown, the MAC scoring champion, had a season-low nine points on 2-of-12 shooting.
"They're long and athletic, and they make you second-guess where you want to throw the ball," Brown said.