March 30, 2012
POST GAME NOTES
Washington State at Pitt, CBI Championship Series-Game Three, Petersen Events Center, March 30, 2012
Pitt 71, Washington State, 65
*The 71-65 win gave Pitt the College Basketball Invitational championship. The tournament is in its fifth year of existence. Pitt won two-out-of-three games against Washington State. Prior to game three, Washington State won game one 67-66, in Pullman, Wash., before the Panthers won game two, 57-53, at the Petersen Events Center.
*Lamar Patterson was named the CBI Tournament Most Valuable Player. For the tournament, he averaged 13.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. Patterson also converted key baskets in the Butler game (game-tying 3-pointer and go-ahead driving layup) and the go-ahead basket on Wednesday vs. Washington State. Tonight, he scored 14 points, marking the 18th time this season and the 20th time in his career that he’s reached double figure scoring. He also pulled down eight rebounds, registered five assists and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
*Pitt played in 39 games in 2011-12, more contests than any other basketball season in school history.
*The Panthers have now won 20 or more games in each of the past 11 seasons. They finish the year at 22-17.
*The Panthers committed a season-low three turnovers and did not surrender any in the first half. The Panthers’ three turnovers were the fewest in the Jamie Dixon Era, surpassing the previous low of four on two different occasions. Pitt’s previous season-low was six turnovers on two occasions this year.
*Pitt concludes its 2011-12 season on a five-game home win streak. It finished 15-7 at home and is now 164-19 all-time at the Petersen Events Center.
*Both Pitt (50 percent) and Washington State (52.5 percent) shot 50 percent or better from field goal range. That had happened in three previous games this season, most recently in an 89-69 win over St. John’s on Feb. 29, 2012 when the Panthers shot 63.3 percent from field goal range and the Red Storm shot 50 percent.
*Tray Woodall led the Panthers in scoring with 17 points, marking the 16th time this season and the 27th time in his career that he’s scored in double figures. He scored in double figures in five of the team’s last six games of the season. He also had seven assists.
*Talib Zanna’s 12 points marked the ninth time this season and the 13th time in his career that he’s reached double digit scoring. Like Woodall, he scored in double figures in five of the team’s last six games.
*J.J. Moore scored 11 points and reached double figures for the 13th time this season and the 17th time in his career.
*Nasir Robinson was 5-for-6 from field goal range and scored 10 points. He scored in double figures for the 20th time this season and the 41st time in his career.
*In the last game of his career, senior Nick Rivers contributed three minutes of playing time off the bench. This season was Rivers’ fifth year in the program, and his third as a walk-on after working as a student manager in his freshman and sophomore seasons.
*The Panthers scored 14 points off turnovers while Washington State only had two.