Brad Wanamaker is feeling a lot better today.
Three days after his worst game of the year, the senior guard posted a double-double with 16 points and a season-high 11 assists to lead No. 3 Pitt past Rider, 87-68, on Saturday afternoon at Petersen Events Center.
Wanamaker, coming off a seven-turnover, four-point showing in the win over Duquesne, shot 6 of 12 from the floor and had no turnovers in 31 minutes as Pitt started 9-0 for the eighth time in the past nine seasons.
Ashton Gibbs (16), Dante Taylor (12) and Gilbert Brown (11) also scored in double-figures for Pitt, which has won 53 consecutive home games against non-conference opponents.
Pitt had 27 assists on 31 baskets, and committed only six turnovers after having a season-high 19 against Duquesne.
Senior forward Mike Ringgold, who starred with Wanamaker at Roman Catholic High School, scored a game-high 24 on 12 of 16 shooting for Rider (3-3).
Pitt used a 17-4 run early in the first half to take command of the game after trailing by five points in the opening minutes. Rider, which had upset USC, TCU and Loyola Marymount this season, trailed 42-29 at halftime and never got closer than 13 in the second half.
Rider’s leading scorer Justin Robinson, averaging 15.6 points per game, was 0 for 8 from the field in the first half and didn’t score his first basket until 16:01 remained in the game. He finished with 11 points on 3 of 14 shooting.