7:00 PM ET, November 8, 2010
Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh needs late rally to hold off Rhode Island to open season
PITTSBURGH -- All summer, his fellow coaches asked Pitt's Jamie Dixon why he agreed to play an opponent like Rhode Island in the season opener. For most of Monday night's game, Dixon was asking himself the same question.Brad Wanamaker scored 24 points, Ashton Gibbs had 22 and Pittsburgh (No. 4 ESPN/USA Today, No. 5 AP) survived an upset scare in the nation's first Division I game of the season, rallying from eight points down to beat the Rams 83-75.
Katz: Pitt Gets Early Test
Pittsburgh is the Big East favorite, a Final Four contender and got pushed to its final few possessions against a fringe Atlantic 10 contender, writes Andy Katz. Blog
• Pitt has won 48 straight home games vs. nonconference teams and improved to 76-1 in nonconference games at Petersen Event Center.
• The Panthers have won 14 straight and 20 of their last 21 season openers.
• The Panthers shot 26-for-49 (53 percent) on 2-point shots but 3-for-16 (19 percent) from beyond the arc. The Rams were 14-for-31 (45 percent) on 3-pointers and 10-for-28 (36 percent) on 2-pointers.
• Rhode Island has lost its last six games vs. Pittsburgh.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||24-60 (.400)||29-64 (.453)|
|3P Made-Attempted||14-32 (.438)||3-15 (.200)|
|FT Made-Attempted||13-16 (.813)||22-30 (.733)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||25 (0/0)||18 (0/0)|
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