3:10 PM ET, March 17, 2011
Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia
Ashton Gibbs helps Pitt shake 16-seed UNC-Asheville in second half
WASHINGTON -- Matt Dickey chased down a loose ball and fed J.P. Primm for a fast break, cutting UNC Asheville's deficit to six with 15:22 to play and prompting Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon to call one of those need-to-stop-the-momentum timeouts.When it's No. 16 vs. No. 1, that's about as good as it usually gets.The rest was familiar. The top seed went on a run, outscoring the bottom seed by 16 points to finish the game. The Panthers kept the perfect 1-vs.-16 mark in the NCAA tournament firmly intact Thursday, pulling away to beat the Bulldogs 74-51."In the first half we played really poorly, careless with the ball," said Pitt's Gary McGhee, who had seven points and 11 rebounds. "We didn't move the ball around. We didn't get the loose balls. But then in the second half, we turned it up."
• Pittsburgh led by five points at halftime but outscored UNC-Asheville 44-26 after the break.
• Ashton Gibbs scored a game-high 26 points for the Panthers. Gibbs hit 9 of 17 shots from the field (6 of 10 3-pointers).
• Pitt outrebounded UNC-Asheville 54-30.
• Pittsburgh is 11-7 in the NCAA tournament under Jamie Dixon. The Panthers are also 4-1 all-time as a No. 1-seed.
• UNC-Asheville is 2-2 all-time in the NCAAs. Both wins came in the opening round.
• The Bulldogs shoot 30.9 percent from the field (including 3 of 19 from behind the arc) after shooting 50 percent in their First Four game win.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||17-55 (.309)||25-59 (.424)|
|3P Made-Attempted||3-19 (.158)||8-19 (.421)|
|FT Made-Attempted||14-19 (.737)||16-25 (.640)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||21 (0/0)||16 (0/0)|
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