Oct. 27, 2009
PITTSBURGH—Pitt fans finally had an opportunity to view the 2009-10 men’s basketball team in action on Tuesday night when the Panthers took part in their annual Blue-Gold Scrimmage at the Petersen Events Center. The Blue team, led by guard Chase Adams’ 21 points, won a 56-53 decision.
“I was really happy with our energy, intensity and focus,” Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon said. “Execution of the plays were good, considering we have so many new players. I’m real happy with the improvement they’ve shown.”
Adams, a senior transfer, led all scorers and finished the game with an impressive 8-of-11 shooting. He showed range and versatility, hitting 5-7 3-point attempts and adding four rebounds. Last year’s Summit League Defensive Player of the Year, Adams started the game off with a 3-pointer and didn’t slow down, adding three assists, a block and two steals to his totals.
”I definitely view myself as more of a defensive player, but as of lately, I’ve been shooting pretty well so I’ve felt more comfortable shooting the basketball,” Adams said. “Coach has been telling me that when you’re open, take the shot. So I’m trying to establish myself as an offensive player, as well.”
Adams certainly took the first step toward achieving that on Tuesday night, playing at both the point and shooting guard positions. He wasn’t the only player that stood out during the scrimmage.
Junior guard Brad Wanamaker and sophomore guard Ashton Gibbs both had strong performances for the Gold team. Wanamaker, one of Pitt’s most improved players from 2008-09, scored 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting and constantly slashed through the lane to create scoring opportunities. Many of those opportunities translated into free throws, as he knocked down 6-9 attempts from the line. Gibbs, the Big East’s leader in 3-pointer percentage last year, scored 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting while hitting 3-6 from 3-point range.
Of Pitt’s four freshmen, Lamar Patterson led the way with 10 points and four rebounds, while Wanamaker and sophomore Nasir Robinson tied for the team lead in rebounds with six.
After falling behind 19-10, the Gold team tightened things up and entered the half with the scored knotted at 29. The game was closely contested throughout the majority of the second half, but the Blue team held on to claim the win.
Pitt’s first exhibition game will take place on Sunday, Nov. 1 against Slippery Rock at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.
Guards Jermaine Dixon and Tim Frye, along with forward Dwight Miller (illness) did not play during the scrimmage…Six players reached double-figures, including Adams (21), Wanamaker (19), Gibbs (17), Travon Woodall (11), Robinson (11) and Patterson (10)…Pitt opens its season against Wofford on Friday, Nov. 13 at the Petersen Events Center. For ticket information, call 1-800-643-PITT.