PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — The Pitt Panthers took advantage of the fact Cincinnati was playing without suspended forward Yancy Gates, beating the Bearcats 71-59 on Saturday night.

Ashton Gibbs tied a career-high with 25 points.

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Gilbert Brown added 11 points for the Panthers (21-2, 9-1), who have built a two-game lead in the Big East standings.

Gates, a senior, is suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.

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He leads Cincinnati in rebounds and blocked shots, and was second in scoring. He did not make the trip.

Larry Davis had 13 points to lead Cincinnati (18-5, 5-5), which has lost five of eight after a 15-0 start.

The Bearcats have lost 17 consecutive conference road games against ranked opponents.

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The Panther will face the West Virginia University Mountaineers on Feb. 7 in Morgantown.