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4-1-Zoo: Pitt Beats North Florida, 95-49

Talib Zanna. Brad Birton

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The No. 5 Pitt Panthers improved to 3-0 on the season with a 95-49 win against North Florida at the Petersen Events Center.

J.J. Moore led the Panthers in scoring with 19 points, followed closely by Brad Wanamaker with 17. Wanamaker added 6 rebounds 2 assists and 4 steals.

“We played hard (and) we executed well,” Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said. “I thought we ran our offense pretty well. We got good shots, which enabled us to really hit the offensive boards as well.”

Pitt had a significant rebounding advantage, pulling in 59 total rebounds to just 28 for North Florida. In fact, the Panthers had more offensive rebounds, 32, than the Ospreys had total.

Pitt opened up an early 9-4 lead on five points from Wanamaker. The lead grew to 12 points, 18-6, at the 11:51 mark, as Travon Woodall hit his first of two three pointers on the afternoon.

Woodall later pushed the lead to 27-10 on a drive and layup. The Panthers continued to pile on and went in to halftime with a 48-21 lead.

Wanamaker pushed his point total to 15 early in the second half as Pitt went up 56-25. J.J. Patterson threw and alley opp to J.J. Moore to build a 65-27 Panthers lead with 12:13 to play.

“I just wanted to show coach how I play,” Moore said.

Moore scored 11 of his 19 points in the final 12 minutes as Pitt cruised the rest of the half to a 95-49 win.

Notes:

  • Dante Taylor led the Panthers will 11 rebounds, 7 offensive. He added 7 points, 3 blocks and 1 assist.
  • While Ashton Gibbs wasn’t one of the top scorers, as he had been the previous two games, he led the team in assists with 6. Gibbs scored 12 points Saturday afternoon.

Chris Gates | Area 4-1-Zoo Blog
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