Oct. 14, 2012
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PITTSBURGH--Pitt fans had the opportunity to view the 2012-13 men's basketball team in action on Sunday afternoon when the Panthers hosted their annual Blue-Gold Scrimmage and Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair at the Petersen Events Center. The Blue team registered a 65-55 win over the Gold team.
Led by junior Talib Zanna and freshmen James Robinson and Steven Adams, the Pitt Blue squad built a 15-point first half lead (28-13) with a 10-0 run toward the end of the period. Zanna began the run with a jumper and two free throws, Cameron Wright added a jumper, Robinson followed with a jumper of his own and Trey Zeigler added a layup off a Wright assist. In the second half, the Gold team cut the lead down to as few as six points with 2:06 left in the contest but could get no closer.
For the Blue team, Zanna led all scorers with 20 points on a perfect 7-7 shooting day, Robinson finished with 15 points (6-9 FG) and Adams notched a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. The Gold team was led by Tray Woodall's 16 points (4-7 3FG) and five assists and Lamar Patterson's 16 points. Dante Taylor added 11 rebounds including eight offensive for the Blue team.
"I saw a lot of good things out there this afternoon," Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said. "It was a busy weekend for everybody, we threw a lot into this weekend with Midnight Madness, the Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair, a shootaround this morning and our first two practices. James Robinson played very good, he seems to make other guys better and Steven Adams did a good job scoring and rebounding in the post. Dante Taylor had a great stretch in the second half and has been scoring well for us in the low post. Between the two of them, we'll get some interior scoring. They'll also play them together at times. Tray Woodall also looked good coming off his offseason injury. I'm happy with his conditioning, effort and preparation."
The annual scrimmage marked the fans' first glimpse of Pitt freshmen Steven Adams, Chris Jones and James Robinson along with Central Michigan transfer Trey Zeigler. The date of the scrimmage (Oct. 14) was the earliest Pitt has ever held the event and Pitt has only practiced two days.
Pitt played two 16-minute halves with normal media timeouts. For the third consecutive year, the Blue-Gold Scrimmage was televised live on Pitt Panthers Television with Jeff Hathhorn (play-by-play), Marcus Bowman (analyst) and Coach Dixon calling action.
The Blue-Gold Scrimmage followed the Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair, which began at noon. Heart Health Fair activities featured various fan-oriented events throughout the Petersen Events Center including an autograph session with members of the Pitt Basketball team, free blood pressure and health screenings and educational heart health displays.
Pitt is back in action for its first exhibition game against Indiana, Pa. on Friday, Oct. 26 at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. The Panthers will play their second exhibition game on Friday, Nov. 2 against Hawaii-Hilo at 7 p.m. Pitt opens its regular season against Mount St. Mary's on Friday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m.
BLUE-GOLD SCRIMMAGE ROSTERS
Blue: James Robinson, Trey Zeigler, Cameron Wright, Talib Zanna, Steven Adams, Chris Jones, Aron Nwankwo.
Coaches: Pat Sandle, Bill Barton, Jordan Marks.
Gold: Tray Woodall, Durand Johnson, Lamar Patterson, J.J. Moore, Dante Taylor, John Johnson, Malcolm Gilbert, Mike Lecak.
Coaches: Brandin Knight, Brian Regan, Jason Richards.