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Pitt Vs. Tennessee: Panthers Lose First Game Of Season

Scotty Hopson scored 27 points for the Tennessee Volunteers, who dealt Pitt its first loss of the season, 83-76. The game wasn’t quite as close as the score made it appear, as the Volunteers led at halftime and opened up a big lead late into the second half, then held off a late Panthers rally.

Brad Wanamaker had 21 points for the Panthers, and Gilbert Brown had 15 points. So did Ashton Gibbs, but Gibbs only shot 4-for-13 from the field.

We’ll see how the Panthers loss will impact the college basketball rankings, when those come out later this week. Pitt had been ranked No. 3 in the country, and while the Panthers are still 10-1, this game was their highest-profile of the year. The win should provide a rankings boost for No. 11 Tennessee, which now stands at 7-0.

Tennessee also received help against the Panthers from Melvin Goins, who scored 19 points, and Cameron Tatum, who had 14.

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