November 15, 2007

Pitt beats MVSU 78-45

One of the three main tenets of Jamie Dixon basketball (the other two being 12 or fewer turnovers and out-rebounding the opponent by 10 or more) is to hold the opponent to under 40% shooting from the field.

Against Mississippi Valley State on Thursday night at the Petersen Events Center, not only did No. 19 Pitt keep its opponent under 40% from the field, but for nearly 38 minutes of game-time the Panthers held the Delta Devils under 40 points in total scoring. Not surprisingly, that kind of defense led to a win, and Pitt improved to 4-0 with a 78-45 romp over MVSU.

"Pretty strong performance for us all the way through," Dixon said after the game. "I thought we defended consistently for 40 minutes, and that was something we really emphasized."

Really, in a game as lopsided as Thursday night's, the biggest question facing the Panthers was staying focused for the entire 40 minutes, despite a lead that swelled to as many as 36 points in the second half.

"None of us are really surprised that they won the ball game," MVSU head coach James Green said. "The fact that they played hungry [even though they] were up by 30 points, I was really impressed by that."

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