October 31, 2007

Pitt takes exhibition win against UPJ

In its first exhibition game of the season, the Pitt men's basketball team showed a little good, a little bad, and a little dominance as the Panthers got over on branch campus Pitt-Johnstown 97-56 at the Petersen Events Center Wednesday night.

"We had fun," junior point guard Levance Fields said after the game. "It was good for us after playing against each other for 16 practices; after awhile it gets boring going against each other. It's always good to see another team out there.

"[Pitt-Johnstown] played as hard as they could. They played hard throughout, but they were undermanned compared to us."

While it's true that the Division II Mountain Cats were almost completely overmatched against the Panthers, who were picked to finish fourth in the Big East this season, Pitt did run into at least one problem in the person of 6'7" senior center Chris Gilliam, whose game-high 23 points give a good indication of the success he had in the post on Wednesday night.

"We have a lot of things to do because he torched us," Pitt freshman center DeJuan Blair said. "He was moving and we weren't moving that great. We can do a lot better, a whole lot better, and we're going to.

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