CORK, Ireland—Pitt took advantage of 30 offensive rebounds and nine 3-pointers in winning a 92-52 decision against the South Regional All-Stars on Sunday afternoon at Neptune Stadium. Played before 857 fans, the game marked Pitt's second contest of its 12-day, six-game Ireland Summer Competition Tour. Immediately following the contest, the team boarded a bus bound for Dublin and a reception with Pittsburgh Steelers owner and United States Ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney.
Utilizing its strength and size advantage inside, Pitt grabbed 30 offensive rebounds in the game and outrebounded the host South Regional All-Stars 61-30. The Panthers also forced the All-Stars into committing 22 turnovers. Three Panthers reached double digit scoring including freshman J.J. Moore, who finished with 14 points on 6-9 shooting (2-3 3FGM), Talib Zanna, who notched a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds and Gilbert Brown, who finished with 10 points. All 14 Pitt players saw action in the game. Ten Panthers scored more than five points in the game and five finished with seven or more rebounds.
Pitt led the entire game but took control of the contest early in the third quarter when it used a 10-2 run to build a 47-25 lead. Travon Woodall scored all of his eight points in the run as he nailed two 3-pointers and Brad Wanamaker hit a key jumper in the rally. In the third quarter alone, Pitt hit 67 percent of its shots (14-21) and outscored the South Regional All-Stars 32-13.
The Panthers went up 73-39 on a J.J. Richardson layup midway through the fourth quarter.
Pitt led 37-23 at halftime after grabbing 19 offensive rebounds in the first two periods and despite coverting only 15-37 field goal attempts.
The South Regional All-Stars were led by Phil Taylor's 12 points and Rob Lynch's 10. Taylor converted 4-13 3-point attempts. The All-Stars were limited to 33.3 percent field goal shooting (19-57) in the game. The All-Stars' tallest player was 6-foot-6, while three others stood 6-foot-5.
The Panthers started Zanna and Lamar Patterson at forward, Dante Taylor at center and Wanamaker and Travon Woodall at guard. Pitt's three freshmen—Moore, Aron Nwankwo and Cameron Wright—all saw their first action in the game. Due to NCAA rules, Sunday marked the first day that the trio was eligible to compete on the trip.
Pitt will be situated in Dublin for the next five evenings. The Panthers are back in action when they play the Irish National Team for a second time on Tuesday, August 3rd at Dublin City University. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. Ireland Time.