The Panthers played a clean game, eliminating many of the team’s turnovers from the Duquesne game, and were rewarded with an easy victory.
Pitt had 19 turnovers in that Duquesne win, but only six on Saturday in defeating Rider, 87-68. Brad Wanamaker led the way with 16 points, 11 rebounds, and zero turnovers – a contrast from the win over the Dukes when he had seven. Ashton Gibbs also added 16.
The game was never in doubt, but Pitt did get off to another slow start. The Panthers trailed 7-2 with about five minutes elapsed, starting the game shooting only 1-6 from the field. But it didn’t take long to get back on track as they made the next five shots and took the lead for good.
Pitt also got good play again from its big men, particularly Gary McGhee and backup Dante Taylor, who combined for 19 points and 15 rebounds.
And speaking of backups – Rider’s bench contributed next to nothing. The Broncs had only two players on the bench score – each made a three pointer for a total of six points from its reserves. Yeah, you won’t stay in many games that way.
The Panthers look for their tenth straight win to start the season when they play Delaware State on Wedneday before facing off against No. 17 Tennessee next Saturday in the Big East/SEC Challenge.