The game was hard fought and both teams went into the locker room with the score tied 24-24. Pitt was cold shooting from the outside during the first half, but they kept working and playing good defense. Alabama, who was ranked #1 in the country for a time last year, played the Panthers tough till the end. They were led by Chuck Davis who finished with 20 points scoring on the evening. Antoine Pettway also put on an impressive performance as he added 17 points.
Pitt needed to count on its bench and several players came through for them. Freshman Chris Taft lived up to his hype and finished with 8 points and 12 rebounds. Taft was a monster on the boards and showed why he was so highly recruited. Mark McCarroll and Yuri Demetris also provided big minutes as Troutman and Krauser both had to go to the bench with 4 personal fouls in the second half.
This game featured the debut of new Panthers coach Jamie Dixon. He took over for Ben Howland who left after last season to take over as coach at UCLA. Carl Krauser also had his debut at point guard after former star Brandin Knight started the last 4 years at the point. The Panther were ranked #22 in the country this week.