Pittsburgh 71, Kent St. 59

Brad Wanamaker scored 18 points to help Pittsburgh quickly open

up a 10-point lead, and the Panthers overcame a poor shooting game

by its leading scorer and a sluggish second half to beat Kent State

71-59 on Saturday.

Wanamaker made all three of his 3-point attempts as Pitt (8-2)

withstood a 10-point game by Ashton Gibbs, who came in averaging 17

points before being held to three points in the first 33 minutes.

Gibbs scored 48 points in his previous two games – 25 in a 74-64

loss to Indiana on Tuesday and 23 against New Hampshire – only to

miss seven of his first eight shots.

Despite Gibbs’ slow start, the Panthers won a school-record 44th

consecutive home game against a non-conference opponent and their

27th in a row at the Petersen Events Center. Justin Greene scored

17 for Kent State (5-4).