Pittsburgh Pro-Am League Tips Off

Incoming freshmen Jamel Artis, Josh Newkirk and Mike Young make their Pittsburgh debuts on Monday night.

PGT 76 Oliverio's Peppers 72
PGT opened up a 43-38 halftime lead, yet needed some late heroics to hold on for a 76-72 win in Monday's first game.

Oliverio's Peppers battled back to tie the game at 53-53, with 14:25 left in the game. It wasn't until an alley oop with eight seconds left, that PGT took command of the game, to close it out. They added a pair of free throws to close out the scoring.

Pitt's James Robinson and Talib Zanna paced PGT in the victory. Zanna led with 28 points, followed by Robinson with 25. Robinson was 1-3 from three-point range, and 9-15 overall, from the field. Zanna also pulled down 17 rebounds.

"I'm just working on toning up, and working on my leadership skills," Robinson said, looking at his goals for the summer. "I would say (leadership) is natural, but it's definitely something that has to be worked on a lot."

Redshirt freshman Chris Jones led Oliverio's Peppers with 24 points on 10-14 shooting.

SPK Law 84 UPMC 78
Game Two started off as a track meet, as both teams combined for 43 attempted three-pointers.

Lamar Patterson clinched the win for his team with two pairs of free throws, as SPK Law held on for the six-point win. They were able to overcome a 40-34 UPMC lead at the half.

Patterson led the way with 27 points, including a 4-8 performance from three-point range. Incoming freshman Mike Young teamed with Patterson, contributing 22 points and 10 rebounds. Patterson also pulled down 12 boards. Mike Lecak added eight points for SPK.

"The freshmen have been here for awhile, and they seem pretty cool," Patterson said afterwards. "We've gotten to know them pretty well. I'm going to enjoy playing my last year with these guys."

"It was fun," Young said, of his first night in the league. "I was surprised by my stats. It was a pretty good game. In the second half, I was able to put my imprint on what I can do, and show the fans what I can do."

Durand Johnson and incoming freshmen Josh Newkirk and Jamel Artis contributed in the losing effort. Robert Morris' Lucky Jones led the way with 20 points. Artis contributed 16 points and seven rebounds, on 7-11 shooting. Johnson a added 15 points, including a 2-6 performance from three-point range. Newkirk added 12 points, and was 2-5 from three-point range.

"It hasn't really hit me, that I'm in Pittsburgh," Newkirk said. "The guys told me the Pittsburgh fans were going to be in here, so I just wanted to give them a show."

"It's a great feeling," Artis said. "It's a great city. I'm ready to show people what I can do. The upperclassmen push you every day. I'm ready to step up. I see the fans. They love us. I just wanted to do my best."

The Lair 87 GNC 86
Game Three proved to be a nail-biter, as The Lair held on for a 87-86 win over GNC.

Four players finished in double-figures for The Lair, led by Duquesne 's Okie Sovo, who finished with 22.

Robert Morris' Karvel Anderson led his team with 23 points in a losing effort.

The Lair 1-0, 87, 86
SPK Law 1-0, 84, 78
PGT 1-0, 76, 72
GNC 0-1, 86, 87
UPMC 0-1, 78, 84
Oliverio's Peppers 0-1, 72, 76
South Hills Audi 0-0, 0, 0

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