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Pitt vs. Fordham: Panthers win in rout over the Rams, 86-51

Pitt was barely tested by Fordham in their opening preseason NIT game, winning easily 86-51 at the Pete.

The Panthers were carried by another strong offensive performance, scoring at least 80 points in each of their first two games. They were led by J.J. Moore's 20 points off the bench. Moore was 7-11 from the field and hit three of his five three-point attempts. The junior is doing what he can to convince head coach Jamie Dixon to insert him in the starting lineup and through two games is averaging nearly 15 points.

Pitt also did a tremendous job defensively against Fordham. The Rams shot less than 37% from the field and star forward Chris Gaston (who had 19 points and 14 rebounds in his team's opening-season win) was held to a meager four points on only 1-4 shooting from the field.

The Panthers' starters were led by a combined 25 points from senior Tray Woodall and freshman Steven Adams. Adams also chipped in with five rebounds and Woodall added five assists. In addition, Adams was particularly efficient, connecting on all five of his shot attempts.

Next up for Pitt is the winner of tonight's Lehigh-Robert Morris game. Pitt will face that team on Tuesday night at the Pete on ESPNU.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.