*** Pitt got a combined 15 points from its starting lineup – Lamar Patterson, Nasir Robinson, Talib Zanna, Tray Woodall and Ashton Gibbs — on 7 for 27 shooting. J.J. Moore came off the bench to score a career-high 21 points — his previous best was 19 against North Florida last season (maybe he likes playing directional Florida schools). But the starters did little. Patterson was 0 for 2 with no points, Woodall, Zanna and Gibbs each scored two (a season-low for Gibbs), on a combined 3 for 15 from the field.
Nasir Robinson finished with nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds, and had a tough time keeping his emotions in check in the post-game press conference.
*** Pitt had one of the most amazing stats of the season — 13 offensive rebounds and only four second-chance points. That means if Pitt got an offensive rebound, there was about a 1 in 6 chance of turning it into a putback basket. USF had 14 second-chance points on 12 offensive rebounds.
“We seem to be getting offensive rebounds, but we don’t seem to be getting the production that goes with that,” coach Jamie Dixon said after the game.
***Ashton Gibbs is a combined 3 for 16 from the field in two games against USF with a total of six points. He was 1 for 7 with a season-low two points on Senior Night in front of 9849.
Tray Woodall, who picked up two fouls in the opening five minutes, was 1 for 4 from the field.
“This was not their best game,” Dixon said.
*** Pitt went 1 for 8 from the field during an 8:58 span after Moore’s dunk had cut the USF lead to 42-39. The Panthers missed all seven 3-point attempts in the second half.
*** Pitt was outrebounded 36-30. It marked the fourth consecutive game — all losses — that Pitt has failed to outrebound its opponent.
*** Sophomore J.J. Moore shot 8 of 14 from the field with five dunks. He also drew three fouls driving to the basket and played solid defense
“This is definitely a game I can build on,” he said.