Nov. 2, 2008
PITTSBURGH—The No. 5 Pitt men’s basketball team used 56.9 percent shooting and a 52-25 rebounding advantage to defeat NCAA Division II Seton Hill 102-51 Sunday before 6,020 fans at the Petersen Events Center. The contest marked Pitt’s first exhibition game of the year. Pitt will host LaRoche College in its second exhibition game next Sunday at 1 p.m.
Six Pitt players reached double figure scoring while 13 of Pitt’s 14 players scored in the contest. Sam Young led all scorers with 16 points in 19 minutes of action, Gary McGhee registered a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, Tyrell Biggs added 13 points and eight rebounds, Travon Woodall contributed 13 points, DeJuan Blair finished with 12 points and seven rebounds and Nasir Robinson added 10 points.
Pitt began the second half on a 27-3 run over the first eight minutes and led 76-31 with 12 minutes to go in the game. In the second half alone, Pitt converted 62 percent (21-34) of its field goals and 58 percent (7-12) of its 3-point attempts. During a two-minute stretch, Pitt built its lead with defense as Blair contributed two steals and a blocked shot and Ashton Gibbs made a steal. Pitt led by as many as 54 points late in the second half.
Seton Hill scored the game’s first four points and tied the game at 12-12 with 12:17 left in the first half before Pitt took the lead for good. The Panthers built a 21-12 lead with a 9-0 run fueled by layups from McGhee and Gilbert Brown, a McGhee free throw, Woodall jumper and Brown dunk. Pitt led by 18 points at halftime.
For the game, Pitt hit 59.6 percent (41-72) of its field goal attempts, 36 percent (9-25) of its 3-point attempts and grabbed 52 rebounds including 19 offensive. Pitt outscored Seton Hill 54-22 in the paint and its bench outscored the Griffins 50-10.
Pitt plays the second of its two exhibition games next Sunday, Nov. 9 against LaRoche College. Tipoff is at 1 p.m. at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt will also host its second annual Alumni Game prior to the LaRoche game at 11 a.m.
EXHIBITION GAME NOTES
*Pitt won its 19th consecutive exhibition game. The last time Pitt lost an exhibition game was on November 10, 1998 vs. Marathon Oil (92-90 loss).
*Pitt surpassed the 100-point mark in an exhibition game for the seventh time in school history. Pitt last scored 100-plus points in an exhibition game vs. Carnegie Mellon on November 1, 2006 (103-45 win). The school’s scoring record for an exhibition game is 108 points scored vs. the Soviet Union National Team at the Civic Center on November 24, 1989, a 108-89 win.
*Pitt has now won each of its last three exhibition games by a combined average of 48 points.
*Pitt is a perfect 9-0 in exhibition games since the NCAA cleared other NCAA Division institutions for competition. Pitt has now defeated Seton Hill, Indiana, Pa. (2-0), Carnegie Mellon (2-0), Gannon, Slippery Rock, Pitt-Johnstown and California, Pa. since 2004.
*Sam Young has led Pitt in scoring in each of its last three exhibition games.