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Men's Basketball Completes Ireland Tour with 82-69 Win Over English National Team




Aug. 7, 2010

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BELFAST, Northern Ireland--Pitt completed its 2010 Summer Tour to Ireland with an 82-69 win over the English National Team Saturday evening before 1,839 fans at Odyssey Arena. The win gave Pitt a perfect 6-0 record on the tour.

 

Three Pitt players scored 13 points apiece including Talib Zanna (game-high nine rebounds), Ashton Gibbs (five assists) and Travon Woodall (three assists). Nasir Robinson added nine points and J.J. Moore finished with seven.

 

Pitt jumped out to a 25-5 lead in the first quarter by holding England to 11.8 percent shooting (2-17). Pitt led 52-23 at halftime. In the first half, the Panthers outrebounded England 27-16 and finished with 15 assists and only three turnovers. Zanna (six rebounds) and Woodall (3-3 3FG) each sparked the Panthers in the first half with 13 points apiece. A Woodall 3-pointer gave Pitt a commanding 11-3 lead with 4:57 to go in the first quarter. Zanna converted a 3-point play to give Pitt a 39-15 lead with 3:34 left in the second quarter.


 

 

 

The Panthers extended their lead to as many as 38 points early in the third quarter.

 

Pitt outrebounded England 51-39 and grabbed 23 offensive rebounds. The Panthers also registered 24 assists on 32 field goals made.

 

Former Duquesne center Mike Williams played for England.

 

Following the game, Pitt traveled back to Dublin where it will spend Saturday and Sunday in the Irish capital. On Sunday, the Panthers are scheduled to take in a game of hurling as the Gaelic Athletic Association championships are being played this weekend at Dublin's Croke Park.

 

Earlier this morning, Pitt took a bus tour of Belfast. The team visited the Protestant Shankill Road community, saw a Protestant parade, visited the Stormont section of town where the British Parliament building resides, had an opportunity to swing a hurling stick on the Stormont grounds and visited the Catholic Falls Road section of the city.

 

Over the entire six-game trip, Pitt averaged 93.8 points per game, 50.8 rebounds per game, shot 48.5 percent (220-454) from the floor, 40.0 percent from 3-point range (40-100) and finished with 140 assists and only 77 turnovers. Gilbert Brown led the Panthers in scoring (12.8), Brad Wanamaker led the squad in assists (35) and Dante Taylor led the team in rebounding (7.2 rpg.) with Talib Zanna close behind at 7.0 rpg.

 

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