Nov. 1, 2012
EXHIBITION GAME TWO
PITT (22-17) vs. HAWAII-HILO (9-17)
Friday, November 2, 2012, Petersen Events Center, 7 p.m. ET
Television: Pitt Panthers Television (Comcast Channel 188 or 210); Jeff Hathhorn (play-by-play) and Marcus Bowman (analysis).
Pitt Radio: None.
Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 14th year at Pitt (238-77), 10th year as head coach; Hawaii-Hilo: Jeff Law, 15th year at Hawaii-Hilo (203-167).
Series: First-ever exhibition or regular season meeting between the two schools in men's basketball.
*Pitt plays its second exhibition game on Friday when it hosts NCAA Division II Hawaii-Hilo at the Petersen Events Center. Hawaii-Hilo is on a two-game exhibition road swing to the Pittsburgh area where it will play Pitt on Friday night (7 p.m.) and then Duquesne on Sunday at the A.J. Palumbo Center (7 p.m. ET).
*Pitt registered a 69-54 win over Indiana, Pa. in its first exhibition game on October 26, 2012, its earliest exhibition game in school history. Previously, the earliest date for an exhibition game was on Oct. 29, 2011 vs. La Roche College.
*Pitt has won 27 consecutive exhibition games dating back to a 92-90 loss to Marathon Oil on November 10, 1998.
*Pitt is 50-5 all-time in exhibition games.
*Jamie Dixon owns a perfect 19-0 all-time record in exhibition games.
*Pitt's all-time exhibition game records--individual-points: 30, Clyde Vaughan vs. Club Cibona Yugoslavia on Nov. 18, 1982; individual-rebounds: 14, three times; team-points: 108, vs. Soviet Union on Nov. 24, 1989; attendance: 10,370, vs. Soviet Union on Nov. 24, 1989.
Hawaii-Hilo head coach Jeff Law is the son of former Pitt assistant coach Norm Law (1986-94). Law served eight years on Paul Evans' staff at Pitt. He also served as a professor at the University of Pittsburgh.
Last year, Law's Vulcans finished 9-17 overall and 3-15 in the Pacific West Conference.
Both Jeff Law and Jamie Dixon (1992-94 and 1998-99) served as assistant coaches at the University of Hawaii under head coach Riley Wallace at different times.
WOODALL LEADS PITT TO 69-54 EXHIBITION WIN OVER INDIANA, PA.
Tray Woodall finished with team-highs of 16 points, seven assists and five steals as Pitt defeated Indiana, Pa. 69-54 in its first exhibition game on Friday, Oct. 26 at the Petersen Events Center.
Pitt forced 24 IUP turnovers and finished with 15 steals which led to 28 Pitt points in the game. J.J. Moore added 14 points, all in the second half and Dante Taylor added nine points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
Pitt used a 7-0 first half run to secure a 21-16 halftime lead. Pitt led by as many as 14 points in the second half.
PITT AT BIG EAST MEDIA DAY
Pitt was selected by league coaches to finish sixth at the Big East Conference's annual men's basketball preseason media day held on Oct. 17 at the New York Athletic Club. In addition, Pitt freshman center Steven Adams was picked as the league's preseason Rookie of the Year and senior guard Tray Woodall earned Big East honorable mention honors.
In a vote of the league's 15 coaches, Pitt finished sixth with 132 total points. Louisville was unanimously selected to capture first with 196 points, followed by No. 2 Syracuse (175 points), No. 3 Notre Dame (166), No. 4 Cincinnati (152), No. 5 Georgetown (136) and then Pitt. Louisville's Peyton Siva was named the Big East preseason Player of the Year.
Adams became Pitt's third preseason Big East Rookie of the Year selection and first since Vonteego Cummings earned the honor prior to the 1995-96 season. Jerome Lane also earned the honor before the 1985-86 campaign. A seven-foot, 250-pound center from Rotorua, New Zealand, Adams has been in the United States since January. He attended Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass. where he guided the squad to the National Prep School Semifinals. A consensus top-10 recruit, Adams averaged 22 points and 16.8 rebounds in the five-game adidas Nations Tournament held in Los Angeles during the summer of 2011.
Woodall enters his senior season after an injury-filled 2011-12 season. He is 100 percent healthy after off-season surgery to correct a groin/abdominal injury. Last year, Woodall averaged 11.7 points, 6.1 assists and converted 49-of-127 3-pointers in 28 games. He was named the USBWA Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week and Big East Player of the Week after he averaged 26.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in back-to-back wins over West Virginia and Villanova. Woodall begins his last season in a Pitt uniform ranked among program career leaders in assists (10th, 413), double figure assist games (4th, 7), point-assist double-doubles (2nd, 6), and assist:turnover ratio (4th, 2.03). He has also scored 730 career points.