Nov. 9, 2008
PITTSBURGH—All 12 players scored for the No. 5 Pitt men’s basketball team as it registered its 20th consecutive exhibition victory with an 82-30 win over LaRoche College Sunday at the Petersen Events Center. The contest, which drew 6,008 fans, marked Pitt’s second and final exhibition game of the year. Pitt opens regular season play on Friday when it hosts Fairleigh Dickinson at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.
Prior to the exhibition contest, Pitt hosted an Alumni Basketball Game. Over 45 former players, coaches and managers attended the weekend which included tickets to Pitt’s Saturday football game against Louisville and a brunch earlier this morning. Notable participants and attendees included Charles Smith, Jerome Lane, Kirk Bruce, Sam Clancy, Jason Matthews, Keith Benjamin, Chris McNeal, Darren Morningstar and Calvin Sheffield.
LaRoche was held to 30 points, the lowest scoring output against Pitt in its 27-year exhibition game history. The visiting Redhawks were limited to 23.8 percent (10-42) field goal shooting, 23.8 percent (5-21) 3-point shooting and committed 26 turnovers. Meanwhile, Pitt finished the contest with 15 steals, blocked eight shots, outscored LaRoche 42-6 in the paint and outrebounded the Redhawks 41-24.
Pitt’s Sam Young led all scorers with 18 points, Tyrell Biggs converted all five of his field goals and finished with 11 points and Jermaine Dixon contributed 11 points, seven assists and five steals. Young added four blocked shots and seven rebounds, Ashton Gibbs finished with seven assists and Travon Woodall contributed five assists. The Panthers also assisted on 24 of their 34 field goals and shot 55.7 percent (34-61) from the floor. All 12 players who saw action in the game scored including walk-ons Tim Frye and Ryan Tiesi.
Pitt used a 7-0 run midway through the first half to build an 18-point lead (29-11) with 5:04 left. Biggs finished off an offensive rebound putback, then followed with a jumper and Young drove the lane and threw down a spectacular dunk for the rally. Pitt outscored LaRoche 8-0 over the first half’s final 4:10 for a 23-point halftime lead (37-14).
Pitt opened the second half by scoring the first 13 points. Pitt led 50-14 before LaRoche’s Steve Lucus hit a 3-pointer.
ALUMNI GAME/EXHIBITION GAME NOTES
*The Gold Team registered a 47-43 victory over the White Squad at today’s Alumni Game. The contest was held prior to today’s exhibition game.
*Pitt won its 20th consecutive exhibition game. The last time Pitt lost an exhibition game was on November 10, 1998 vs. Marathon Oil (92-90 loss).
*Pitt yielded just 30 points to LaRoche today. The 30 points mark the lowest scoring output for a Pitt exhibition opponent in school history. Indiana, Pa. scored 31 points on Nov. 4, 2007.
*Pitt has now won each of its last four exhibition games by a combined average of 49.0 points.
*Pitt is a perfect 10-0 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, Pitt-Johnstown and California, Pa. since 2004.
*Head Coach Jamie Dixon is a perfect 12-0 in exhibition games since he became head coach in 2003.
*Sam Young has led Pitt in scoring in each of its last four exhibition games.