Pittsburgh—The Pitt men’s basketball team concluded its 2012-13 exhibition season with a 77-45 victory over NCAA Division II Hawaii-Hilo Friday evening at the Petersen Events Center.
Pitt scored the first eight points of the game and didn’t look back as all 11 players who saw action played at least 10 minutes and scored en route to the victory.
For the game, the Panthers were led by juniors J.J. Moore and Talib Zanna who each tallied 13 points and freshman Steven Adams who grabbed 10 rebounds. Pitt was also dominant in the paint, scoring 48 points to just 10 for Hawaii-Hilo.
The victory in the first meeting between the two squads marks the Panthers’ 28th consecutive exhibition win, including a perfect 20-0 exhibition game mark under head coach Jamie Dixon.
Pitt started the first half quickly scoring 16 of the game’s first 18 points behind a balanced offensive attack and a solid defensive effort. Pitt held Hawaii-Hilo to just four points and led 27-4 with 9:47 left in the first half. The Panthers were able to turn their defense into offense in the first half as they turned 15 Hawaii-Hilo turnovers into 19 points in taking a 39-21 advantage into the locker room.
The second half saw more of the same as Pitt held the Vulcans to a mere 26.7 (8-30) percent shooting clip in outscoring Hawaii-Hilo 38-24.
Through Pitt’s two exhibition games, Moore led the Panthers in scoring at 13.5 points per game and converted 81.8 percent (9-11) of his field goal attempts. Woodall averaged 11.0 points and 7.5 assists, while Dante Taylor contributed 8.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.
Hawaii-Hilo is on a two-game road trip to Pittsburgh. Coached by Jeff Law, son of former Pitt assistant coach Norm Law, the Vulcans will play at Duquesne on Sunday.
The Panthers are back in action when they open regular season play at the Petersen Events Center against Mount St. Mary's on Friday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. ET.