Nov. 7, 2011
PITTSBURGH—Led by Lamar Patterson’s 22 points and Ashton Gibbs’ 20, the No. 10 ranked Pitt men’s basketball team registered a 76-67 exhibition win over Kentucky Wesleyan Monday at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt opens regular season play on Friday evening against Albany at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.
Trailing 27-26, Pitt outscored Kentucky Wesleyan 16-6 over the final five minutes of the first half to take a commanding nine point halftime lead (42-33). Gibbs (10 points) and Patterson (six) scored all 16 of Pitt’s points in the run. Gibbs swished back-to-back 3-pointers just seconds before the half to spark the rally. The Panthers trailed Kentucky Wesleyan by as many as seven points (13-6) and didn’t take a lead until the 5:11 mark.
Gibbs hit 6-of-9 shots and two 3-pointers for his 20 points. Patterson converted 9-of-13 field goals and grabbed five rebounds. Tray Woodall led Pitt with 11 assists and Talib Zanna grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. Pitt outrebounded Kentucky Wesleyan, 40-29, and shot 50 percent (30-60) from the floor.
Three Kentucky Wesleyan players scored in double figures including Cardell McFarland (16 points), Brandon Johnson (12 points) and Anthony Young (11 points).
Pitt led by as many as 19 points (67-48) late into the second half. The visiting Panthers used an 11-1 run to cut Pitt’s lead all the way down to seven points (74-67) with 20 seconds remaining.
Ranked No. 15 in the NCAA Division II preseason poll, Kentucky Wesleyan battled the entire way. The visiting Panthers drop to 0-2 vs. NCAA Division I teams in preseason play. They lost a 10-point game at South Carolina (69-59) on Thursday, Nov. 3.
Power forward Nasir Robinson saw his first action of the 2011-12 season after being sidelined due to right knee surgery on Oct. 14. He started the contest, played 10 minutes and finished with six points.
Pitt won its 26th consecutive exhibition game and Dixon improved to a perfect 18-0 in exhibition contests. The host Panthers defeated La Roche by 68 points (101-33) in their first exhibition contest on Oct. 29. Pitt now turns its attention to regular season play where it hosts Albany (Friday, Nov. 11) and Rider (Sunday, Nov. 13) this weekend.