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

half.

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

history.

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

remaining.

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.