Pitt built up a lead by as many as 22 in the second half, as Pitt's backcourt proved to be too much for Georgetown to keep up with in a 72-57 win over Georgetown on Wednesday night.
Pitt improves to 16-1 overall, 4-0 in the Big East. Georgetown drops to 12-5 overall, and is now 1-4 in conference play. It's the third consecutive season the Panthers have gotten off to a 4-0 start in Big East play, the seventh time in the last 10 years.
Ashton Gibbs connected on his first three three-pointers of the game, on his way to a game-high 22 points. It's the second consecutive game for Gibbs with five three-pointers. Gibbs' third three-pointer of the game gave Pitt a 22-9 lead with 8:58 left in the first half. It also capped a 15-2 run for the Panthers. The Pitt defense held Georgetown without a field goal for a five-minute span of the first half, as Pitt went up 24-13.
Pitt led 41-24 at halftime. Gibbs and Wanamaker combined for 25 of those 41 first-half points. The Panthers shot 58 percent in the first half.
Georgetown came back in the second half, making it a 60-49 game with just five minutes left. The Georgetown defense held Pitt without a field goal for a span of seven minutes, as the Hoyas only trailed by 11. Fittingly, Gibbs connected with his fifth three-pointer of the game, to put Pitt up 63-49, and end further hopes of a Georgetown comeback.
In addition to 22 points from Gibbs, Wanamaker finished with 14, followed by Gilbert Brown with 12. Chris Wright led the Hoyas with 14, and didn't get his first three-pointer until three minutes into the second half. Gary McGhee had a game-high nine rebounds for the Panthers, as Pitt held a 31-29 rebounding edge for the game.
Pitt returns to action Saturday night at the Petersen Events Center with a 7 p.m. matchup with Seton Hall (7-9, 1-3).