NEW YORK (AP) -Nasir Robinson scored 13 points, including Pittsburgh's first nine of the second half, and the 12th-ranked Panthers beat St. John's 71-64 on Saturday for their fifth win in six games.
Coming off a 68-53 loss at Notre Dame that ended a four-game winning streak, Pittsburgh (22-7, 11-5) kept itself in the running for a double-bye in the Big East tournament. The Panthers entered the game tied for third place with No. 8 West Virginia, and the top four teams in the final standings begin play in the tournament quarterfinals.
Dwight Hardy had 15 points for the Red Storm (15-13, 5-11), who were playing their last home game of the season.
The win gave the Panthers a 5-4 road record in the conference and improved their record at Madison Square Garden to 24-10 since 2000-01, including two Big East championships.
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