Pitt 76, Kentucky Wesleyan 67: Panthers Nearly Pull A West Virginia, Hold On To Win

So...yea. Not really much to say about this. Pitt struggled for the first six minutes, falling behind 13-6 and didn't grab the lead until 5:11 left in the 1st half. They seemed to start pulling away, which at that point Jamie Dixon pulled the starters, only for the D-II Panthers to come back and bring it within seven with 30 seconds left. Jamie then immediately re-inserted the starters and Pitt held on for the win.

Looking at the stats, there really isn't one thing that jumps out. Turnovers were a little high at 11. Free throw percentage was, as usual, below average (12-20). Pitt still shot 50% from the floor and outrebounded Kentucky Wesleyan 40-29. Pitt allowed way too many offensive rebounds (11) and allowed the D-II Panthers to score 28 points in the paint.

The big news was Nasir Robinson returning to the starting lineup, a bit earlier than what was anticipated. The starting lineup was Robinson, Gibbs, Woodall, Moore, and Taylor. Lamar Patterson led all scorers with 22 points, going 9-13 from the floor. Gibbs as usual put up his points, scoring 20, including 2-2 from three-point range, but had three bad turnovers. Tray led the team with 11 assists. No other Pitt player reached double digits and that has to change for them to succeed. 

Here's the box score.

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