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Pitt Vs. Kentucky Wesleyan: Panthers Tested In 76-67 Win

Pitt got some good news with the somewhat unexpected return of Nasir Robinson from injury, but the Panthers had a tough time with Kentucky Wesleyan in their second and final exhibition of the season. Pitt ended up winning 76-67, but a nine-point win at home against a D-II program isn't exactly awe-inspiring.

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A few weeks ago over at Cardiac Hill, we looked at the prospect of who might get more minutes if Robinson wasn't ready for the start of the season. Fortunately, that won't be the case.

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Lamar Patterson led the Panthers with 22 points. Patterson and J.J. Moore have been fighting for the starting small forward spot. Moore got the start tonight and I expect him to be the starter for the season opener on Friday. Patterson will be a great asset off the bench to not only spell players, but also fill in should someone get injured.

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Ashton Gibbs chipped in with 20 points and Tray Woodall had 11 assists. Both joined Robinson, Moore, and Dante Taylor in the starting lineup. Freshman phenom Khem Birch had a modest six points and four rebounds in only 14 minutes and he was the only true freshman for Pitt to score in the game.

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Pitt's season opener is this Friday in a home game against Albany. For more on Pitt basketball, check out SB Nation's Pitt blog, Cardiac Hill.

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