Turns out that was Nasir Robinson’s second alley-oop dunk since arriving at Pitt four years ago. The first — and only other one — came in his freshman year, in an exhibition game.
“Actually for four years he’s been bothering me,” said Tray Woodall, who made the perfect lob pass to Robinson in the first half of Pitt’s 73-59 first-round win over St. John’s. “He did in the exhibition game when we were freshmen. That is the last one I remember throwing him. When we played Duquesne, Ashton threw him one and he hit the bottom of the rim.”
The latest attempt finished a 13-2 run that energized the Panthers to a 33-28 halftime lead. The sore-kneed Robinson rose in traffic and threw down Woodall’s pass in one of the most unexpected slams in recent memory.
“He knows I can go get it,” Robinson said. “He knows I can throw it down. He passed it today and I finished it. …I told him to throw it up. I always tell him at practice. Sometimes he doesn’t throw it. Sometimes he does. Today I made (eye) contact with him and he threw it up and I got it.”
The 6-foot-5 Robinson’s dunk brought the Pitt bench to its feet.
“At practice he never really does that much because his knee is bothering him,” J.J. Moore said of Robinson. “Today he just went up and got it. We were all surprised so we hopped up off the bench and we were hyped. That just got the team ready.”