DUBLIN, Ireland—Pitt outrebounded the Irish National Team 56-20 en route to a 110-61 victory Tuesday at Dublin City University before 897 fans. The victory improved Pitt's record to 3-0 on its summer tour to Ireland. Pitt now has defeated the Irish National Team two times.
Four Panthers reached double figures in the win including freshman J.J. Moore (14 points), sophomore J.J. Richardson (13 points), senior Gilbert Brown (12 points), junior Ashton Gibbs (12 points) and junior Nasir Robinson (10 points). Sophomore Dante Taylor led the Panthers with 10 rebounds as the Panthers pulled down 22 offensive rebounds and shot 53.8 percent (42-78) from the floor.
Pitt pulled away midway through the second quarter and took a 17-point lead when Moore was fouled while swishing a running jumper. Moore missed the ensuing free throw, but freshman Talib Zanna grabbed the offensive rebound and layed it in while he was fouled. Zanna converted the following free throw to give the Panthers their largest lead of the game at 39-22. At halftime, Pitt led 50-31 on account of a 30-9 rebounding advantage.
Gibbs capped a 14-3 run with a driving layup to give Pitt a 63-34 lead just three minutes into the second quarter. He scored seven of Pitt's 14 points in the run.
Pitt started Gary McGhee at center, J.J. Richardson, J.J. Moore and Gilbert Brown at the forward positions and Ashton Gibbs at point guard. All players played an equal amount of minutes.
Pitt will be situated in Dublin for the next three evenings. The Panthers are back in action when they play the Dart Killester Club Team on Wednesday, August 4th at Dublin City University. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. Ireland Time.