Aug. 6, 2010
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Pitt Basketball in Ireland |
BELFAST, Northern Ireland--In a physical game that saw 50 combined personal fouls, Pitt used a 14-0 third quarter run to take control of the contest and register a 92-76 victory over the Australian professional team Melbourne Tigers Friday at Odyssey Arena.
The game drew 3,309 fans and gave Pitt a perfect 5-0 record in its Summer Tour to Ireland. Pitt has one game remaining: tomorrow night against the English National Team. Tipoff is at 5 p.m. Ireland Time.
After trailing 46-45 at halftime, Pitt used a 14-0 run to take a 67-52 lead with 2:18 to play in the third quarter. Gary McGhee started the rally when he reached down to pick up an offensive rebound off the floor and layed it in, Gilbert Brown followed with a steal, passed to Nasir Robinson who found Ashton Gibbs for a layup and Brad Wanamaker grabbed a defensive rebound and found Robinson for a layup. Lamar Patterson then converted a 3-point play off an offensive rebound, a Travon Woodall steal and layup and two Brad Wanamaker free throws gave Pitt its 15 point lead.
Pitt led the contest by as many as 19 points and outscored the Melbourne Tigers 28-9 in the deciding third quarter.
The Melbourne Tigers are a four-time Australian professional championship team. The Tigers featured the most experience and size that Pitt will face on its six-game basketball tour to Ireland. Former Syracuse guard Eric Devendorf, who signed a contract with the Tigers in May, was not in Belfast.
Six Panthers reached double figure scoring. Brown (seven rebounds and six assists) and Gibbs (three 3FGM) both led the Panthers with 15 points apiece, Nasir Robinson finished with 14 points, Woodall scored 12, J.J. Moore registered 11 and Wanamaker finished with 10. McGhee led Pitt with eight rebounds.
Pitt outrebounded the Melbourne Tigers 49-34 despite the Tigers' frontline of former Utah 7-footer Luke Nevill and several other players over 6-feet-8 inches tall.
Pitt built a 28-19 lead with 7:57 left in the second quarter on a Gibbs 3-pointer but the Melbourne Tigers battled back. The Tigers took their first lead, 43-42, with 1:40 left in the second quarter on a 6-0 run. On the first play of the second half, Brown gave Pitt the lead for good when he grabbed a defensive rebound, dribbled up the middle of the floor and flew threw the air for a spectacular dunk. The play gave Pitt a 47-46 lead and sparked a 6-0 Pitt run.