The Pittsburgh Panthers didn't exactly dominate their two exhibition outings. They allowed IUP to hang around for a little too long in the first half. Although, they were able to put a few runs together to take 8-point lead into halftime, and then put their foot on the gas a little more in the second half.
Against Philadelphia, Pitt went into halftime trailing by one, but were able to outscore the Rams 48-36 in the second half to secure an 11-point victory, 82-71.
The Panthers allowed Philadelphia to convert 47.5% of their shot attempts, and 10 of their 21 three-pointers. Junior forward Derek Johnson scored a game-high 34 points, and clearly had his way.
I don't think there is too much to take away from two exhibition games, especially with a young team. Still, Pitt should have dominated both games from start to finish. We've seen the Panthers struggle early against non-conference opponents, and we've all heard that they're a second half team sometimes.
With that said, do you feel that there is any reason to be concerned?