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Pitt tops Wichita State

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Travon Woodall scored a career-high 19 points and Pitt held off a second-half rally to beat Wichita State, 68-55, in the semifinals of the CBE Classic at Sprint Center.

Pitt (4-0) overcame a seven-minute field-goal drought midway through the second half.

Woodall added six rebounds, five assists and four steals, Ashton Gibbs scored 18 points and Gary McGhee had a career-high 10 points.

Toure’ Murry scored 20 points and JT Durley added 15 for Wichita State (2-1).

With the win, the Panthers secured a date in the championship game and improved to 35-0 in November under coach Jamie Dixon.

Pitt will put that perfect record on the line when it plays No. 3 Texas at 9:50 p.m. on ESPN2 in the finals.

Wichita State was playing without all-conference point guard Clevin Hannah, suspended for three games this season due to a paperwork error. Pitt took advantage of his absence, forcing 24 turnovers.

Still, Pitt didn’t put away the Missouri Valley Conference school until a second-half run. Pitt led by 11 points with 16:31 to play, but Wichita State used an 11-3 run to make it 43-40 on JT Durley’s layup with 13:00 to play. Pitt went on an 8-0 run to go ahead 51-40 on Gibbs’ layup with 9:03 to play. Pitt led by at least nine the rest of the way.

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