Nov. 8, 2009
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PITTSBURGH--Redshirt freshman Travon Woodall scored 21 points, Pitt shot nearly 55 percent from the floor and the Panthers claimed an 83-40 exhibition win over NCAA Division II Coker College (S.C.) on Sunday at the Petersen Events Center. The win marked the 22nd consecutive exhibition win for Pitt, which held Coker to less than 31 percent shooting on the day.
"We improved a lot throughout the week," Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon said. "It was a good effort for us and a really good sign of improvement."
The Panthers jumped on Coker early and maintained constant pressure throughout the game on both ends of the floor. Defensively, Pitt held Coker to 2-16 field goal shooting in the first half and didn't allow a field goal until 3:56 remained in the period. Nine Pitt players registered points in the first half, and the Panthers entered the break with a 41-6 lead.
Woodall shot an impressive 8-10 from the floor and connected on 3-5 3-point attempts in 22 minutes. The Brooklyn, N.Y. native also added four rebounds, three assists and a steal.
Pitt also had a standout game from junior center Gary McGhee, who scored 13 points on 4-5 shooting in 17 minutes. Redshirt freshman Dwight Miller led all players with eight rebounds and sophomore guard Ashton Gibbs finished with a game-high six assists.
"We moved the ball batter today," Dixon said. "We had a good five days of practice and we got better. I think that was our biggest adjustment."
Twelve players registered points for Pitt, which was 30-55 from the floor and knocked down 10 3-point attempts. The Panthers also had 19 assists, eight blocks and eight steals as a team.
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.
Ricardo Smith led the way for Coker with nine points in 20 minutes.
This was the final exhibition game for the Panthers. Last Sunday, Pitt defeated NCAA Division II Slippery Rock at the Petersen Events Center, 75-64. Pitt's first regular season game is slated for Friday, Nov. 13 vs. Wofford at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is set for 8:10 p.m.
EXHIBITION GAME NOTES
*Pitt limited Coker to just six first half points and led 41-6 at halftime. Penn State managed just 10 pointsts in a half vs. Pitt in a regular season game on December 6, 2003.
*Pitt won its 22nd consecutive exhibition game. The last time the Panthers lost an exhibition game was on November 10, 1998 vs. Marathon Oil, a 92-90 loss.
*Head Coach Jamie Dixon is a perfect 14-0 in exhibition games since he became head coach in 2003.
*Pitt improved to a perfect 12-0 in exhibition games since the NCAA cleared other NCAA Division institutions for competition. Pitt has now defeated Coker College (S.C.), LaRoche, Seton Hill, Indiana, Pa. (2-0), Carnegie Mellon (2-0), Gannon, Slippery Rock (2-0), Pitt-Johnstown and California, Pa. since 2004.
*Coker Head Coach Dan Schmotzer was a member of the TCU coaching staff when Jamie Dixon played there.