Princeton finishes with a 20-12 record, its third straight 20-win season. Pitt improves to 19-16.
"We have an important senior class that chose Princeton when we were down," Mitch Henderson, the Franklin C. Cappon-Edward G. Green '40 head coach of Princeton basketball, said. "Doug (Davis), Pat (Saunders) and John Comfort chose Princeton and did something to get you back where you need to be, and that's important."
Princeton fell behind 12-2 after five minutes and was able to pull within three at 16-13 on a Davis 3-pointer near the midway point of the half. Pitt, however, went on a 27-6 run to close the half and open up a 24-point halftime lead at 49-25.
Pitt won on the glass 39-26, including a 13-5 advantage in offensive rebounding.
The loss kept Princeton from beating two Big East teams in the same season for the first time in program history. The Tigers had won at Rutgers back in December.
Princeton had been holding teams to 33.7 percent shooting from beyond the arc this season, and Pitt entered the game hitting 34.7 percent of their threes on the campaign. Both numbers went up, an outcome that didn't favor the Tigers.
"A team that makes just over five threes a game makes nine, we just couldn't handle that," Henderson said.
Pitt's rebounding advantage played true to form. The Panthers entered the game ranked 13th in Division I in rebounding margin, outdoing their foes by 6.7 boards a game, another number that will get a boost. Princeton grabbed just five of its own missed shots, while 26 such rebounds went to the Panthers. Pitt was proficient on the other end too, leading Princeton in second-chance points 13-0.
Pitt improved to 18-2 when scoring 69 pts or more, but was just 1-14 when scoring fewer than that. The Panthers shot 52.3 percent in their win, holding Princeton to 41.1 percent shooting.
Princeton cut a lead that was as much as 26 to 11 with less than six minutes to go in the game, but the Tigers were never able to make it single digits.
Douglas Davis became Princeton's second-leading all-time scorer on a 3-pointer with less than nine minutes to go in the game and finished with a game-high 20 points to stand at 1,550 for his career. He passed Kit Mueller '91 at 1,546 to stand second only to the 2,503 points put up in three seasons by Bill Bradley '65.
"It's an honor to be mentioned among Kit Mueller and Bill Bradley, but I couldn't have done it without my teammates, so I thank them for that," Davis said.
Ian Hummer scored all 14 of his points in the second half and nearly had his sixth double-double of the season, finishing with nine boards.
"I was a little frustrated in the first half," Hummer said. "I took a couple shots, I rushed a few. I wasn't really playing my game. We tried to focus on getting the ball inside in the second half. I was able to get some position in a couple plays and I was able to convert some."
Five Panthers had double-figure points, led by Lamar Patterson's 19. Nasir Robinson had 12 points and 10 boards for a double-double.