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Pitt vs. North Florida: Panthers win easily, 89-47

Pitt continued its strong play since losing to Michigan a few weeks ago, winning their fifth straight game, 89-47 over North Florida. The win improved the team's record to 9-1 on the season.

The Panthers had plenty of offense in this one. Five players reached double figures and the bench scored 32 points, led by Dante Taylor's team-high 16 points. Plenty of Panthers starred, but probably none greater than senior point guard Tray Woodall. Woodall had 14 points on 7-8 shooting, nine assists, two steals, and no turnovers.

Freshman center Steven Adams wasn't one of Pitt's players with double figures, but he did have his second strong game in a row. Adams had six points (on 3-4 shooting), a team-high seven rebounds, four blocks, and two steals in 24 minutes. That's a bit less than what he's used to playing due to the blowout, but he used those minutes efficiently and played well.

The weird stat of the game was definitely North Florida failing to record a free throw attempt. Even though they settled for a lot of jump shots, I can't remember the last time I saw that happen in a game. And considering the Panthers made 21 of their 25 attempts, that's just a huge advantage.

Pitt should have a good chance to jump into the top 25 rankings this week and with their next game not coming until next Saturday, should stay there if they can defeat Bethune Cookman.

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