Oct. 22, 2010
PITTSBURGH--Pitt fans had an opportunity to view the 2010-11 men's basketball team in action on Friday night when the Panthers took part in their annual Blue-Gold Scrimmage at the Petersen Events Center. The Blue team, led by Ashton Gibbs' game-high 22 points, captured a 66-52 decision before 4,295 fans.
The Blue team took command early in the contest as it built a 23-13 lead with 5:02 to in the half by taking advantage of a Patterson 3-pointer, a Gary McGhee jumper, McGhee layup and Zanna layup for its 10-point margin. Gibbs gave the Blue squad a nine-point halftime lead (35-26) on a 3-pointer with three seconds left.
The Blue team led by as many as 19 points late in the second half.
Gibbs paced the Blue squad with a game-high 22 points on 8-10 shooting. He converted two 3-pointers and finished with five assists on the evening. Talib Zanna scored 15 points, grabbed nine rebounds and hit 7-10 field goals, Patterson finished the contest with 11 points and five assists and McGhee scored 10 points and pulled down nine rebounds.
Following the game, Pitt staged its "Throwdown Showdown" dunk contest. J.J. Moore came away the winner, throwing down several spectacular dunks. Robinson finished second and Cameron Wright third. Junior Gilbert Brown did not participate in the dunk contest or compete in the scrimmage due to an injury.
Pitt then held an Oakland Zoo event that featured speeches from women's basketball coach Agnus Berenato and Dixon. Pizza was served to the attending students and fans had a chance to obtain autographs of their favorite players on the men's and women's teams.
The contest was broadcast live on Pitt Panthers Television on The Comcast Network with Bill Hillgrove and Jamie Dixon calling action. The broadcast also features post-game interviews with McGhee and Gibbs. The entire game will be replayed on Sunday on The Comcast Network Channel 188 or 210 depending on where viewers reside in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
This week, Pitt was selected as the favorite to win the Big East Conference by league coaches. The Panthers were also ranked No. 4 in the USA Today/ESPN preseason coaches' poll on Thursday.
Pitt's first exhibition game will take place Sunday, Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. vs. Northwood University (Fla.). Northwood is coached by former Villanova coach Rollie Massimino.
BLUE-GOLD TEAM ROSTERS
Honarary Assistants: Jordan Mares, Evan Cresswell, Da'Lyn Mills, Mallory Credito (these students won the Oakland Zoo drawing at the Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair and Fan Fest in September.