Blue Tops Gold 66-52

Ashton Gibbs leads the Blue with 22 points en route to a victory, followed by Brad Wanamaker with 19 for the Gold, in front of 4,295 fans. Senior Gilbert Brown was held out.

Asthon Gibbs led all scorers with 22 points. The junior guard also had a game-high five assists, and was 2-of-3 from three-point range. Wednesday, Gibbs was one of six players selected to the Preseason All-Big East team. After the scrimmage, Gibbs talked about the expectations for the upcoming season.

"This is the team to do it," Gibbs said. "We have a very deep team. It's just carrying everything over to the game and working as a team. That‘s the way it is. That‘s the college basketball is. It‘s about winning."

Blue jumped out to a 35-26 lead at halftime, which ended with a three-pointer by Gibbs at the buzzer. Blue held Gold in check for much of the second half, building up a 51-35 lead with seven minutes left.

Brad Wanamaker led the Gold team with 19 points, was 2-of-5 from three-point range, and was 7-of-8 from the free throw line. Wanamaker played mostly the two-guard, and was joined by Travon Woodall at the point, J.J. Moore at the three, Nasir Robinson at the four and Dante Taylor at the five. Isaiah Epps filled in at the one, and J.J. Richardson filled in at the five.

Though Wanamaker had more weight on his shoulders with his team--having only one starter (Robinson) and two of the true freshman with him, as well as sophomores Woodall and Richardson, he didn't put too much stock into it, afterwards.

"I feel as though it's pretty good," Wanamaker said, when asked about playing with a younger lineup. "We're all Division I players."

Wanamaker also talked about the expectations of the team, now that they've been picked to win the Big East. He talked about his responsibilities as a senior to keep the rest of the team grounded.

"We got a pretty humble group," Wanamaker said. "We're seeing it. We talk about it. The freshmen, they hadn't seen (preseason Big East rankings) before. I've been on the number-one (ranked) team (during the season). It's something good for the freshmen. It's good to see them happy, but we still have work."

Outside of those two, one player who had the spotlight on him was Talib Zanna, who was third among all scorers for the game. Zanna chipped in 15 points for the Blue team, alongside Gibbs. He tied McGhee for a team-high nine rebounds. Zanna played mostly the four, and expects to play a good bit of minutes there this season.

"I worked hard for this, to try to get ready for the season," Zanna said. "(Jamie Dixon) told me I was going to play the four the whole time (in the scrimmage). I'm probably going to play four (during the season). That's pretty good to me. Wherever they put me, I'm good to go."

Zanna also commented on the team's depth at the four and five positions.

"I think we can switch it," Zanna said. "It's Gary, Dante, J.J., Nasir and me. J.J. plays the five sometimes, Nasir plays the four."

Filling out the rest of the blue team was freshman Cameron Wright at the three with six points. Redshirt freshman Lamar Patterson started at the two, and finished with 11 points. Patterson was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Gary McGhee finished with 10 points and nine rebounds. Nick Rivers and Aron Nwonkwo came off the bench for the Blue.

Joining Wanamaker for the Gold, was Woodall with 10 points, including a game-high three three-pointers. Woodall was 3-of-4 from three-point range. Moore added nine points. Robinson finished with eight points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Taylor added six points and seven rebounds.

Pitt hosted a slam-dunk competition afterwards, between freshman Cameron Wright, junior Nasir Robinson and freshman J.J. Moore. Pittsburgh Steelers LaMarr Woodley, Jeff Reed and Lawrence Timmons served as guest judges. Moore won the competition, as he leaped over three student managers before slamming home the winning dunk. We will have video from the slam dunk competition shortly.

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