Dec. 31, 2013
Pitt vs. Albany • Petersen Events Center • Dec 31, 2013
Pitt 58, Albany 46
• Pitt closed out its non-conference regular season with a 58-46 victory over Albany on Tuesday afternoon. The game was the Panthers’ first in 10 days.
• The Panthers improved to 12-1 on the season. With today’s win, Pitt has now held eight of its 13 non-conference opponents to under 60 points.
• Junior Cameron Wright tallied 14 points on a 7-of-12 shooting afternoon. Wright fueled a 12-0 Pitt scoring run to close the first half, scoring eight of the team’s 12 points. The double-digit scoring effort was the ninth of the season for Wright and 13th of his career. He has collected double figures in seven of the past nine games. Wright added career-bests in both rebounds (8) and assists (8). His eight dimes were a team-high, marking the first time he has led in that category this season. Wright’s previous career-best in assists was five (vs. Duquesne, 11/30/13). Pitt has had a player achieve a triple double only four times in its basketball history.
• Senior Lamar Patterson reached the 1,000 point plateau with his first field goal at the 14:20 mark of the first half. The forward is the 42nd player to top the 1,000 point mark in Pitt basketball history. Patterson finished the game with 14 points, his 49th career contest in double figure scoring. He is now ranked in 41st place on Pitt’s all-time career scoring list.
• Talib Zanna was third Panther in double-digit scoring with 10 points. He had hit for double-figure scoring in seven of the past eight games. Zanna also registered nine rebounds - the fifth game this season he has posted nine or more boards in a game.
•The Panthers held the Great Danes without a field goal from the 8:15 mark of the first half to the 14:56 point of the second stanza, a span of 13 minutes and 19 seconds. Albany missed 12-straight shots over the span.
• Pitt matched a season-high in blocks as a team with six, tying the effort versus Loyola Marymount on Dec. 6.
• Pitt shot a season-low 56.3 percent from the free throw line, 0-for-6 in the first half and 9-for-10 in the second period. The Panthers previous low from the charity stripe was 57.1 percent versus Lehigh. Pitt was on school record pace for FT% in a season prior to today.
•A moment of silence was observed prior to the start of this afternoon’s contest in memory of Stephanie Phillips, the mother of Aron Nwankwo, who recently passed away.
• Pitt boasted a 21.8 scoring margin over its 13 non-conference foes.
• The win marked Pitt’s 11th straight at the Petersen Events Center. The Panthers now own a 189-22 record at the PEC and have won 95 of their last 107 home contests.
• With the win over Albany, Pitt moved to 110-3 all-time versus non-conference opponents at the PEC.
•Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon improves to 3-0 all-time against Albany.