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.

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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.

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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.

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