Pitt overcomes sloppy start to handle Howard, 70-46

Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE

It wasn't a pretty first half, but Pitt put away Howard in the second to secure the win.

With Pitt's loss to Michigan in Madison Square Garden in the books, Pitt likely won't face another true challenge until Cincinnati comes to town December 31st.

Tonight Pitt played like a team that expected Howard to roll over in the Pete. At least for a half.

Whatever Dixon said to his team at half time lit a fire under the Panthers, who overcame a sloppy first half lead of eight to an eventual 24 point blow-out of the Bisons, 70-46.

Lamar Patterson and Tray Woodall led the way for the Panthers with 15 points a piece. Patterson scored his shooting 5-for-8 from beyond the arc, while Woodall struggled from three but made 6-of-7 from inside. James Robinson put up 11 points and led the team with eight assists.

Pitt's inside game continues to be a work in progress, as Adams and Taylor combined for just four points and 12 rebounds. Both Pitt big men looked confused at times and failed make an sort of contribution offensively, a disturbing trend. We're all familiar with Dante Taylor's limitations, and Steven Adams' issues can be chalked up to age and inexperience, but Pitt could be in for some major problems in Big East play unless someone steps up.

Luckily, Talib Zanna once again picked up the slack, scoring 12 points to pair with his eight rebounds. Zanna continues to amaze and make a compelling case that he's Pitt's best player, at least through seven games.

Pitt plays next Saturday night at home against Detroit.

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