PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — A slow start turned into an all-out poor shooting night for the Pitt Panthers, as they fell at USF Wednesday night, 63-51.
The Panthers (15-10, 4-8 Big East) failed to register a single point in the game’s opening 5:30 and ended up shooting just 34.6 percent from the field. The Bulls, on the other hand, couldn’t miss, netting over 60 percent of their shots in the win.
South Florida guard Hugh Robertson went a perfect 7-for-7 from the field and totaled 18 points to lead all scorers. Anthony Collins added 11 points and Augustus Gilchrist tallied 10 as other USF players in double-figures.
Pitt guard Tray Woodall scored 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting as the only Panther in double-figures. Forwards Talib Zanna and Nasir Robinson scored eight points each and Lamar Patterson added seven.
Senior guard Ashton Gibbs scored just four points on 2-of-9 shooting in 33 minutes of play.
USF struggled early, allowing the Panthers to hang around in the first half. However, after Pitt tied the game at 14 with 8:48 left before halftime, the Bulls slowly inched ahead to take a 27-23 halftime lead.
That Pitt deficit grew to 10 points, 41-31, in the opening five minutes of the second half. The Panthers couldn’t regroup and make a significant run to cut into the South Florida lead, which grew to as many as 14 points.
The loss snaps Pitt’s four-game conference winning streak and makes a bid for the NCAA Tournament even harder to reach with just six games left in the regular season.
Pitt returns to action at noon Sunday at Seton Hall.