Pitt defeated the Irish National Team for the second straight time and won their third game in Ireland, 110-61.
The surprise may have again been the play of J.J. Moore, who led the team in scoring with 14 points. Moore was one of five Panthers in double figures in scoring. He also appears to be playing pretty agressively – his 12 FG attempts were five more than anyone else on the team.
Fans again saw a different starting lineup and it’s easy to see coach Jamie Dixon is doing his best to see what kind of chemistry might exist between his players. Starting tonight’s game were Moore, Gary McGhee, J.J. Richardson, Gilbert Brown, and Ashton Gibbs.
Pitt outshot the Irish National Team 54% – 30% from the field and again more than doubled them up on the boards, winning the rebounding battle 56-20. One thing the Panthers did not do well apparently was stay out of foul trouble.
Despite winning by nearly 50 points, they committed 22 fouls allowing the Irish team to shoot 31 free throws. That’s likely more on the refereeing than it is the Panthers themselves. Pitt plays a physical style and non-Big East referees are more likely to call fouls.
Pitt next plays Wednesday night against the Dart Killester Club Team.