Oct. 26, 2012
PITTSBURGH--The Pitt men's basketball team opened its 2012-13 season with a 69-54 exhibition victory over Indiana, Pa., Friday evening at the Petersen Events Center. Friday night marked the earliest Pitt has ever played an exhibition game in school history. The victory was the Panthers' 27th consecutive exhibition win, including a perfect 19-0 mark under head coach Jamie Dixon.
For the game, the Panthers were led by Tray Woodall who tallied a team-best 16 points, seven assists and five steals. Pitt also received solid performances from Dante Taylor, who tallied nine points and a team-leading 10 rebounds in only 17 minutes of action and J.J. Moore who scored all 14 of his points in the second half to help the Panthers pull away from the Crimson Hawks. Pitt's strong defensive effort also proved to be a difference maker, forcing IUP into 24 turnovers which led to 28 Panther points.
The two squads were tied at 14 with just over two minutes remaining in the first half before Pitt used a quick 7-0 run on a pair of baskets from Woodall and a layup from Steven Adams to take a 21-16 advantage into the locker room. Neither team was able to find the touch in the first half thanks to stingy defense. IUP was limited to 31.8 (7-22) percent shooting, while the Panthers only managed to shoot 36 (9-25) percent in the opening half.
The second half saw the offenses heat up as both teams shot over 50 percent. Pitt was able to extend its lead to double digits thanks to a balanced effort early in the second half. Five different Panthers scored within the first six minutes of the half helping to push a narrow two point lead into a 14 point advantage by the under 12 media timeout. From there, Pitt was able to keep up the solid play and cruise to a 15 point victory.
IUP, who was facing Pitt for the fourth time in exhibition play, was led on the evening by Mathis Keita who scored 17 points and Anthony Wells who added 11.
Pitt will return to action when it hosts Hawaii-Hilo on Friday, Nov. 2 at the Petersen Events Center in its second exhibition contest. The Panthers open regular season play at home against Mount St. Mary's on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.