NCAA BK

Tue, Dec 31, 2013 - 1:00 PM ET
Game Recap
 

Panthers ease past Albany 58-46

Share This Story

   
 

PITTSBURGH (AP)

Cameron Wright scored 14 points to go with eight rebounds and eight assists as Pittsburgh held off Albany 58-46 on Tuesday afternoon.

Lamar Patterson added 14 points to become the 42nd player in school history to reach 1,000 career points as the Panthers (12-1) wrapped up their nonconference schedule with a workmanlike victory. Talib Zanna chipped in 10 points and nine rebounds for Pitt, which won despite making just 1 of 10 3-pointers.

DJ Evans scored 15 of his game-high 18 points in the second half for the Great Danes (6-7), who hung around until the end despite going more than 13 minutes without a field goal. Mike Rowley added 10 points off the bench for Albany, which cut a 16-point deficit to seven with 4 minutes left but couldn't get any closer.

The Panthers begin their inaugural season in the ACC on Saturday when they travel to North Carolina State. The warm-up didn't exactly go smoothly. Pitt appeared to be in total command at one point, taking a 46-30 lead on a layup by Patterson with 9:42 left.

Rather than pull away, however, the Panthers stalled. Albany went on a 13-4 run, pulling within 50-43 on a dunk by John Puk with 2:48 left.

Zanna responded with a layup and Pitt made its free throws down the stretch to hold on. The Panthers outscored the Great Danes in the paint 32-14 and outrebounded Albany 40-27.

The Great Danes took advantage of some early sluggishness by the Panthers, who were playing for the first time in 10 days. The defending American East tournament champions hit five of their first six shots and led for most of the game's first 12 minutes before the Panthers finally got things rolling behind Wright.

The junior scored eight straight points during a 12-0 run to close the half, showcasing the newfound aggressiveness that has turned him from role player to an indispensable part of Pitt's rotation. He hit jumpers from both corners, a pull-up from the top of the key and a driving layup during the burst while the Panthers shut down the Great Danes at the other end of the floor.

Albany missed its last nine shots of the half and went scoreless over the final 8:15 as Pitt took a 28-18 lead into the break. The advantage could have been much bigger if not for some uncharacteristically poor shooting by the Panthers, who missed all seven of their 3-point attempts and went 0 for 6 at the free-throw line.

Pitt's lead grew to 36-20 before a jumper by Evans ended a 0-for-12 Albany drought.

Tagged: Albany (NY), Pittsburgh

Related Stories

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by



NCAA BK Videos

Georgetown, Syracuse to renew CBK rivalry Posted: Jun 10, 2014
Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson III on the renewal of the rivalry betw...

Cuonzo Martin new head coach at Cal Posted: Apr 16, 2014
Cuonzo Martin is introduced as Cal's new head coach.

UConn tops Notre Dame in women's final Posted: Apr 09, 2014
Hear from Geno Auriemma and his players after their National Championship victor...

Fox Sports Store

    itemName itemURL imageSrc price itemDescription
    Nike Florida Gators #1 Replica Elite Basketball Jersey - Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Florida_Gators/browse/featuredproduct/885881/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_885000/ff_885881_xl.jpg&w=100 74.95 Nike Florida Gators #1 Replica Elite Basketball Jersey - Black
    Nike Georgetown Hoyas #22 Hyper Elite Road Performance Jersey - Navy Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Georgetown_Hoyas/browse/featuredproduct/1030243/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1030000/ff_1030243_xl.jpg&w=100 119.95 Nike Georgetown Hoyas #22 Hyper Elite Road Performance Jersey - Navy Blue
    Nike Duke Blue Devils #5 Tourney Takeover Replica T-Shirt - Duke Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Duke_Blue_Devils/browse/featuredproduct/1032710/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1032000/ff_1032710_xl.jpg&w=100 27.95 Nike Duke Blue Devils #5 Tourney Takeover Replica T-Shirt - Duke Blue
    Nike Oregon Ducks X-Ray Ball T-Shirt - Green http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Oregon_Ducks/browse/featuredproduct/1052002/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1052000/ff_1052002_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Nike Oregon Ducks X-Ray Ball T-Shirt - Green
    Nike Ohio State Buckeyes Road Warrior Tri-blend T-Shirt - Scarlet http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Ohio_State_Buckeyes/browse/featuredproduct/1052645/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1052000/ff_1052645_xl.jpg&w=100 29.95 Nike Ohio State Buckeyes Road Warrior Tri-blend T-Shirt - Scarlet
    Indiana Hoosiers 2013 NCAA Men\'s Basketball Road to March Madness T-Shirt - Crimson http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Indiana_Hoosiers/browse/featuredproduct/1124528/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1124000/ff_1124528_xl.jpg&w=100 19.95 Indiana Hoosiers 2013 NCAA Men\'s Basketball Road to March Madness T-Shirt - Cri..
    adidas Louisville Cardinals 2013 March Madness #10 Premier Swingman Jersey - Red http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Louisville_Cardinals/browse/featuredproduct/1127200/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1127000/ff_1127200_xl.jpg&w=100 89.95 adidas Louisville Cardinals 2013 March Madness #10 Premier Swingman Jersey - Red
    adidas Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2013 March Madness #45 Premier Swingman Jersey - White http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Notre_Dame_Fighting_Irish/browse/featuredproduct/1127218/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1127000/ff_1127218_xl.jpg&w=100 89.95 adidas Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2013 March Madness #45 Premier Swingman Jersey ..
    Nike Gonzaga Bulldogs March Madness Bracketville T-Shirt - Navy Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Gonzaga_Bulldogs/browse/featuredproduct/1155821/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1155000/ff_1155821_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Nike Gonzaga Bulldogs March Madness Bracketville T-Shirt - Navy Blue
    Top of the World Miami Hurricanes 2013 NCAA ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament Champions Adjustable Hat – Green http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Miami_Hurricanes/browse/featuredproduct/1177723/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1177000/ff_1177723_xl.jpg&w=100 25.95 Top of the World Miami Hurricanes 2013 NCAA ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament Cham..