By: Chris Gates

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — The Pitt Panthers (18-16) connected on 14 3-pointers to blow by Wofford Wednesday in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational, 81-63.

Five Panthers were in double-figures on the night. J.J. Moore and Tray Woodall both scored 16 points to lead Pitt in scoring. Moore was 4-of-6 behind the arc and Woodall was 4-of-5, which helped the Panthers shoot 14-of-25 (56 percent) from 3-point range as a team.

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Woodall was one assist shy of a double-double with nine. Lamar Patterson scored 13 points and Ashton Gibbs and Talib Zanna added 12 points each.

A 16-0 run helped power Pitt to a 42-23 halftime lead. Wofford (19-14) responded with a 17-5 run to open the second half and climbed to within seven points, 47-40. However, the Panthers started hitting from 3-point range and steadily extended their lead to eventually win by 18.

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The game was played in front of just 1,449 fans, which is by far the smallest crowd in the history of the Petersen Events Center. The previous low came against Georgetown in 2008, when 6,234 fans showed up.

Pitt advances to the second round of the CBI and will host Princeton Monday at the Pete. The game will tip at either 7 p.m. or 8 p.m., depending on TV.

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