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Lehigh vs. Pitt basketball preview: Panthers host Mountain Hawks in 2nd round of NIT Tip-Off

Fresh off a lopsided victory, 86-51, over the Fordham Rams, the Pittsburgh Panthers men's basketball team returns to action Tuesday when the Lehigh Mountain Hawks visit the Petersen Events Center (8:30 p.m.). The winner will advance to the NIT Season Tip-Off Tournament's semifinals that will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York.

On Monday, Pitt (2-0) advanced to the regional final using a 20-poiint effort from junior forward J.J. Moore while Lehigh routed Robert Morris, 89-60.

The Mountain Hawks (1-1) were paced by senior guard C.J. McCollum's 19 points. Teammate junior guard Mackey McKnight added 15 points for Lehigh, which never trailed after giving up the game's opening score.

Lehigh lost its season opener to the No. 16-ranked Baylor Bears, 99-77, on Nov. 9. In that contest, McCollum scored a game-high 36 points on 32 shots.

Pitt is looking to improve to 94-3 all-time against non-conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center.

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