Panthers Advance In CBI

Pitt advances to the semifinals of the CBI where they will take on Butler at Hinkel Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Pitt kept its postseason going in the CBI with an 82-61 win over Princeton on Monday night. The Panthers improve to 19-16 on the season, and will now travel to Indianapolis to take on Butler on Wednesday night.

Pitt controlled the game from start to finish behind five players who paced the Panthers in double-figures. Lamar Patterson led Pitt with 19, followed by Travon Woodall with 15, Nasir Robinson with 12, Talib Zanna coming off the bench with 11 and Ashton Gibbs with ten. Robinson added a double-double, finishing with 10 rebounds. Woodall also added a season-high 11 assists.

"Obviously it's not where we want to be right now, we want to be in the NCAA tournament and 10 years of doing that, very few teams have done that," Jamie Dixon said after the game. "Our season was not what we wanted it to be, but these guys want to keep playing. I think they've made it very clear that they want to be out there. In practice, they're getting in early and the way we've come out from the start in both games showed that these guys wanted to play. They didn't do during the year what they wanted to do. They disappointed themselves, they disappointed each other and I think we're getting as much out of it as we can."

In addition to dominating in the paint--a 36-26 edge on the glass, Pitt also controlled the tempo with its three-point shooting. Pitt outscored Princeton 44-22 in the paint, and 13-0 on second-chance points. The Panthers were 9-for-20 from three-point range, including three from Patterson.

"I saw the first couple shots go in so I kept testing them," Patterson added. "They continued to fall. That's what my teammates tell me to do. They say to shoot the open shot so that is what I did."

Overall Pitt shot 52.3% (34-of-65) for the game, including a 20-of-36 (55.6%) performance in the first half. The 52.3% marked the 10th time this season they've shot 50 percent or better from the field. It's the second game in a row they've shot better than 52 percent as they hit 55 percent of in the 81-63 win over Wofford. The 49 points in the first half was the most scored by Pitt in a half this season.

"I think they've made it very clear that they want to be out there," Dixon said. "In practice, they're getting in early and the way we've come out from the start in both games showed that these guys wanted to play. They didn't do during the year what they wanted to do. They disappointed themselves, they disappointed each other and I think we're getting as much out of it as we can."


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