Nov. 1, 2009
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PITTSBURGH--Freshman Dante Taylor scored a game-high 27 points as Pitt claimed a 75-64 exhibition win over NCAA Division II Slippery Rock Sunday at the Petersen Events Center. The victory marked Pitt's 21st consecutive exhibition win, while Head Coach Jamie Dixon improved to a perfect 13-0 in exhibition games.
Taylor scored 12 of Pitt's 17 points in a 17-7 run over the first half's final 6:23. He gave Pitt its first lead, 25-24, on a dunk with 6:23 left in the first half. Taylor then scored on a layup off an assist from Nasir Robinson. Following Dwight Miller's 3-pointer, Taylor converted two free throws, converted back-to-back layups and threw down a dunk off a nice pass from Travon Woodall. Nasir Robinson's layup off a Woodall pass with 33 seconds to go gave the Panthers a 40-31 halftime lead.
Taylor finished the game with 27 points, including 16 in the first half alone, on 9-11 shooting. He also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds and converted nine of his 11 free throw attempts.
Robinson concluded the day with 11 points and five rebounds. Gary McGhee finished with nine points, five rebounds and three blocks, Brad Wanamaker added eight points, four assists and seven rebounds and Travon Woodall dished out a game-high seven assists.
Slippery Rock grabbed an early eight point lead, 23-15, after converting four consecutive 3-pointers. SRU hit 15 3-pointers in the game including eight in the first half alone. On the day, SRU hit 15 of 46 3-point attempts.
Slippery Rock was led by Jabril Bailey's 18 points (6-15 3FG) and Maurice Douglas' 14 points.
Pitt outrebounded Slippery Rock 30-17 in the second half. The Panthers also held SRU to 29.3 percent shooting (22-75) in the contest.
Pitt built an 18-point lead (61-43) midway through the second half.
Pitt's five starters included Travon Woodall and Ashton Gibbs at the guard positions, Brad Wanamaker and Nasir Robinson at forward and Gary McGhee at center.
Pitt plays its second exhibition game against Coker College, S.C. on Sunday, Nov. 8 at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 4 p.m. Coker head coach Dan Schmotzer served on the coaching staff at TCU when Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon played there.
Pitt's first regular season game is slated for Friday, Nov. 13 vs. Wofford at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.
EXHIBITION GAME NOTES
*Pitt improved to 2-0 all-time in exhibition games vs. Slippery Rock. The Panthers also defeated Slippery Rock 100-42 on November 5, 2005. Prior to its exhibition game in 2005, Pitt had never met Slippery Rock in a men's basketball game.
*Pitt won its 21st consecutive exhibition game. The last time the Panthers lost an exhibition game was on November 10, 1998 vs. Marathon Oil, a 92-90 loss.
*Pitt improved to a perfect 11-0 in exhibition games since the NCAA cleared other NCAA Division institutions for competition. Pitt has now defeated LaRoche, Seton Hill, Indiana, Pa. (2-0), Carnegie Mellon (2-0), Gannon, Slippery Rock (2-0), Pitt-Johnstown and California, Pa. since 2004.
*Head Coach Jamie Dixon is a perfect 13-0 in exhibition games since he became head coach in 2003.