Providence Vs. Pitt: Panthers Victorious (Finally), Winning 86-74

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Providence Vs. Pitt: Panthers Win First Big East Game, 86-74

For the first time in more than a month, the Panthers found a way to win a basketball game. Never mind that it came against Providence, one of the conference’s lesser teams. The fact that Pitt was able to get any win was impressive.

The Panthers looked much better than the team we’ve seen over the past eight games where they’ve gone winless. Shots started failing and the team was able to hold onto the ball.

More: Analysis of Pitt's first conference win

Ashton Gibbs led the way, dropping 22 points, but the real story was the play of Tray Woodall. Woodall, playing in his second game back from injury, looked more like the player we’d seen earlier this season. He had 17 points and nine assists to only one turnover the entire night. If you were wondering how much his absence hurt, you got a good idea of it tonight. Woodall wasn’t the only reason Pitt played well, but his offensive production made a huge difference.

Pitt tried to make things interesting, allowing the Friars to cut the lead eight late in the second half after they held a 16-point lead. But in the end, they were able to hang on for their first Big East win.

Where do the Panthers go from here? Eh, I’m not sure. It’s still only one win and Pitt is 1-7 in Big East play. There’s no way around it – that’s horrific. But if you’re looking for a bright spot, there are still ten games left in the regular season. The Panthers have a long way to go to even sniff a postseason appearance, but there’s still some time left.

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

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Pitt Vs. Providence Score: Panthers Cruising At Halftime ... No, Seriously

Hold onto your hats – Pitt is not only winning, but doing so comfortably against Providence, up 46-31 at the half.

The Panthers’ dormant offense is finally showing signs of life and it’s Ashton Gibbs who’s leading the way. Gibbs has 16 points and is 4-7 from three-point range. Pitt is also getting good production from starters Nasir Robinson, Lamar Patterson, and Talib Zanna as they combined for 20 points.

Tray Woodall, playing in his second game back from injury is also playing better. Woodall has six points with two three-pointers and also has four assists to only one turnover. In addition, the Panthers held a 19-15 edge on the glass in the first half and committed only four turnovers.

The Panthers, however, need to focus on stopping Vincent Council, who had 16 to match Ashton Gibbs in the first half.

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

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