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Men's Basketball Hosts Slippery Rock Friday for Second Exhibition Game




Oct. 31, 2013

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EXHIBITION GAME TWO

SLIPPERY ROCK (23-9, 16-6 PSAC-West) at PITT (24-9)

Friday, November 1, 2013, Petersen Events Center, 7 p.m. ET

 

MEDIA INFORMATION

Television: ESPN3/pittsburghpanthers.com; Jeff Hathhorn (play-by-play) and Curtis Aiken (color analysis); Producer: Marsha Opacic; Director: Paul Barto.

Television Notes: Game replay will be available a few hours after the conclusion of the game on ESPN3 for 30 days; Game replay will be available on all-access for three months; Game will also be available to Comcast On Demand subscribers in the Pittsburgh area.

Pitt Radio: None.

Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 15th year at Pitt (262-86), 11th year as head coach; Slippery Rock: Kevin Reynolds (6th year at SRU)

Series: Third-ever exhibition or regular season meeting between the two schools in men's basketball. Pitt leads the series 2-0 following a 100-42 win on Nov. 5, 2005 and a 75-64 win on Nov. 1, 2009. Both were played at the Petersen Events Center.


 

 

 

GAME NOTES

*Pitt plays its second exhibition game on Friday when it hosts NCAA Division II Slippery Rock at the Petersen Events Center.

*October 25's game against UC San Diego is the earliest Pitt has ever had an exhibition game. Previously, October 26 was the earliest date set last year against Indiana, Pa.

*Pitt has won 29 consecutive exhibition games dating back to a 92-90 loss to Marathon Oil on November 3, 1999.

*Pitt is 53-5 all-time in exhibition games for a .914 winning percentage.

*Jamie Dixon owns a perfect 21-0 all-time record in exhibition games.

 

SCOUTING SLIPPERY ROCK

Slippery Rock returns one starter (Tabari Perry) from a team that finished 23-9 overall and tied for second place in the PSAC-West with a 16-6 record. The Rock advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament for the second time in three seasons (2010-11 and 2012-13). Slippery Rock plays two NCAA Division I teams in exhibition games in the early going this year: at Southern Miss and at Pitt.

The Rock dropped a 77-65 loss to Southern Miss on Oct. 29. Matej Delinac (16 points) and Maurice Lewis-Briggs (14 points) paced The Rock.

 

PITT DEFEATS UC SAN DIEGO 72-59 IN FIRST EXHIBITION GAME

PITTSBURGH--Pitt used an 11-0 run down the stretch to defeat NCAA Division II UC San Diego 72-59 in an exhibition game Friday evening before 5,813 fans at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt plays its second exhibition game next Friday evening when it hosts Slippery Rock at 7 p.m. at the Petersen Events Center. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN3 and locally on www.pittsburghpanthers.com.

With game-highs of 17 points and 11 rebounds, senior Talib Zanna led four Pitt players in double figures. Senior Lamar Patterson added 16 points, freshman Michael Young scored eight of his 11 points down the stretch and sophomore James Robinson contributed 10 points and six assists.

Pitt led by as many as 13 points in the second half, but UC San Diego battled back into the game with clutch shooting and eventually tied the contest at 49-49 with 7:46 remaining. The Titons took advantage of 3-pointers by James McCann and Drew Dyer to tie the contest.

Young sparked Pitt's 11-0 run. He converted a 3-point play on a rebound putback to give the Panthers a 58-54 lead with 4:40 to go. Following a UC-San Diego jumper, he scored on another 3-point play when he was fouled on a jump shot. Zanna followed with back-to-back layups and Pitt suddenly had the game under control. In the end, Pitt outscored UC San Diego 23-10 over the game's final 7:46.

"We made some plays down the stretch," Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon said. "I thought we adjusted because we had to do some stuff we hadn't practiced a lot but we adjusted how we guarded their ball screens and it was effective down the stretch so we probably should have done that a little earlier."

"Nobody in the locker room feels real good about how we played but that's good, we're definitely not over-confident after tonight and we recognize that. You have to give them a lot of credit.

Pitt outscored UC San Diego 30-12 in the paint. The Titons hit 10-24 3-pointers and were only outrebounded 33-29. MacKenzie McCullough and McCann both led UC San Diego with 13 points apiece.

Pitt led 32-24 at halftime. Patterson led the Panthers in the first half with 10 points on two 3-pointers including a key three before the half.

Pitt starters included guards James Robinson and Cameron Wright, forwards Lamar Patterson and Durand Johnson and center Talib Zanna. Freshmen Jamel Artis, Young and Josh Newkirk were the first players off the bench for Pitt. Forwards Derrick Randall and Joseph Uchebo did not dress. Randall is expected to play next Friday.

 

PITT ATTENDS FIRST-EVER ACC MEDIA DAY

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--Pitt was selected by media members to finish sixth out of 15 schools at its first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference Operation Basketball preseason media day held on October 16 at the Ritz-Carlton in downtown Charlotte. Over 300 writers, television broadcasters, radio producers and other assorted media members attended the ACC's 52nd annual event.

In a vote of the league's attending media members, Pitt finished sixth with 477 total points. Duke was selected to capture first place with 805 points and 50 first place votes, followed by No. 2 Syracuse (753 points/three first place votes), No. 3 North Carolina (668/one first place vote), No. 4 Virginia (612), No. 5 Notre Dame (608) and then Pitt. Syracuse's C.J. Fair was selected the preseason player of the year, while Duke's Jabari Parker was named preseason rookie of the year.

The preseason All-ACC team included Fair, Parker, Virginia's Joe Harris, Duke's Rodney Hood and Notre Dame's Jerian Grant. Fifty four media members participated in the voting.

In preparation for its inaugural season in the ACC, Pitt was making its first appearance at the event. Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon and seniors Lamar Patterson and Talib Zanna represented the Panthers in Charlotte.

The two-day event began with a coaches' reception on Tuesday night at the Ritz-Carlton and player dinner at BLT Steakhouse. On Wednesday, coaches and players went through interview sessions with national, regional and local writers, along with television and radio stations. The day also included a visit to ESPNU studios in Charlotte where Dixon was taped breaking down successful plays from the previous year and Zanna and Patterson were videoed on several items.

 

2013-14 ACC PRESEASON MEDIA POLL

Rk.

Team (1st place votes)

Points

1.

Duke (50)

805

2.

Syracuse (3)

753

3.

North Carolina (1)

668

4.

Virginia

612

5.

Notre Dame

608

6.

PITT

477

7.

Maryland

473

8.

Boston College

457

9.

Florida State

334

10.

North Carolina State

332

11.

Georgia Tech

311

12.

Miami

224

13.

Wake Forest

220

14.

Clemson

141

15.

Virginia Tech

65