Panthers Move On To Round Two

Pitt seniors Ashton Gibbs and Nasir Robinson lead the way with 20 points and 15 points, respectively, in an opening round win over St. John's.

Ashton Gibbs scored 20 points to lead Pittsburgh to a 73-59 victory over St. John's on Tuesday in the opening round of the Big East tournament.

Gibbs scored the first seven points of a 13-2 run to close the first half that gave Pittsburgh a 33-28 lead. Nasir Robinson scored on a rebound to give the 13th-seeded Panthers a 43-32 lead with 15:07 left and the Red Storm were never closer than nine points the rest of the game.

Robinson went 6 of 6 from the field and scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half for the Panthers (17-15), who play fifth-seeded and 13th-ranked Georgetown in the second round on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.

Moe Harkless had 25 points for the 12th-seeded Red Storm (13-19), who closed the season with three straight losses, one of them an 89-69 defeat at Pittsburgh six days ago.

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