Pittsburgh 59, Kennesaw St. 43
Pittsburgh closed its nonconference schedule, and coach Jamie
Dixon earned his 250th career victory with a 59-43 win over
Kennesaw State on Sunday.
Junior forward Talib Zanna led Pitt (12-1) with 12 points and
nine rebounds, and freshman point guard James Robinson had eight
points and three assists.
Kennesaw State (1-11) has lost 10 games in a row. Sophomore
guard Delbert Love led the Owls with 12 points, and freshman
forward Nigel Pruitt added 10 and five rebounds.
Dixon is 250-77 in nine seasons as a head coach with a 119-10
record against non-conference opponents.
It was closer than the Panthers probably anticipated early in
the game. The Owls made four of their first six shots from 3-point
range and trailed just 16-13 with 11 minutes to go in the first
Pitt went on a 10-3 run for its first double-digit lead with 4
minutes remaining and led 30-16 at halftime. The 16 points tied for
the ninth-fewest the Panthers have allowed in a half in school
Kennesaw State again turned to 3-pointers in the second half and
hit three in a row before tipping in a rebound to make it 39-29
with 13:48 left to play. They again pulled within 10 points at
44-34 on yet another 3-point field goal with 10 minutes
J.J. Moore scored for Pitt on a fast-break layup, Kennesaw State
turned the ball over and was hit with a pair of fouls, including a
technical, on guard Myles Hamilton. Travon Woodall was 1 of 2 and
Moore 2 of 2 from the line to give the Panthers a 49-34 lead.
Pitt outscored Kennesaw State only 29-27 in the second half.
Panthers senior center Dante Taylor, who missed Wednesday’s game
with a bruised heel and was questionable for the game, played 13
minutes and scored three points.
The Panthers begin their final season in the Big East against
No. 11 Cincinnati on Dec. 31.