NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 19: Nasir Robinson #35 of the Pittsburgh Panthers shoots over the top of Alexis Wangmene #20 of the Texas Longhorns during the Championship game of the 2k Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden on November 19 2010 in New York New York. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

St. Francis Vs. Pitt: Panthers Dominate Red Flash For 24-Point Home Win

A suffocating performance on the defensive end and continued dominance on the glass improved the Panthers record to 29-0 all time against St. Francis.

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St. Francis Vs. Pitt: News And Notes From The Game

As expected, Pitt had little trouble with St. Francis on Tuesday night. Here are some observations from the game:

Pitt’s rebounding continues to get better. The team didn’t get on the glass nearly enough early in the season and that was part of the reason for their struggles. In their only loss to Long Beach State, they lost the rebounding battle. And in games against Tennessee and Robert Morris, Pitt barely won that statistical category. The Panthers have to improve in that area since the Big East is an entirely different animal and with tonight’s effort, it looks like they could be on their way.

Surprisingly, Ashton Gibbs continues to miss shots. He’s shooting under 40% on the year from the field, which is not only bad for him, but a bad number for any player. Teams can survive shooting slumps from their best player, but the problem is that Gibbs is really Pitt’s only go to scorer. WIthout him, the team is forced to rely on a by-committee approach. That’s fine in games like tonight where the score isn’t close, but Pitt is going to need Gibbs to be able to hit buckets down the stretch in close games. Otherwise, they’re going to find it difficult to continue to win once the Big East season comes along.

On the flipside, the reason Pitt has been able to continually win games lately is because of their defense. The lack of strong competition helps, obviously, but the Panthers have held opponents under 40% shooting in their past five games. Pitt hasn’t always put up a boatload of points, but as long as they force opponents to take tough shots, they should be in games throughout the season.

For more on the game and Pitt basketball, check out SB Nation’s Pitt blog, Cardiac Hill.

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St. Francis Vs. Pitt: Panthers Dominate Red Flash For 24-Point Home Win

In their first outing since the departure of Khem Birch, the Pitt Panthers rolled over St. Francis in a non-conference tune up. Pitt raced out to an 18-point halftime lead, built by suffocating the Red Flash on the defensive end. St. Francis had just four points over the first twelve plus minutes of the game, as Pitt jumped out to a 27-4 lead. The Panthers would have a poor shooting night from outside, but it was academic after those first 12 minutes.

J.J. Moore came off the bench for the Panthers to lead the team with 15 points. Moore was crucial in maintaining Pitt's comfortable lead at the end of the first half. Dante Taylor chipped in with 14 points and eight rebounds. St. Francis was simply overmatched down low, with Pittsburgh enjoying a 21 rebound advantage on the glass. Pitt improved to 10-1 with the continued dominance in the rebounding margin, and stout defense which forced 35 percent shooting from the field for St. Francis. The Panthers are now 29-0 all time against the Red Flash.

Pitt will come back on Thursday night for another non-conference game against Wagner. It will be the last tune up before Big East play starts after Christmas.

For more on the game and Pitt basketball, check out Cardiac Hill.

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St. Francis Vs. Pitt: Panthers Face Red Flash At Home

Nasir Robinson and Pitt's frontcourt should dominate the rebounding battle.

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