Release: November 17, 2009
PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Big East power Pitt (2-0) built a 20-point halftime bulge and went on to a 71-46 win over visiting Binghamton (1-1) Tuesday night at the Petersen Events Center. The game, part of the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic, was televised on ESPN2.
In the first half, Pitt stretched a 13-8 lead with a barrage of three-pointers. The Panthers used a 21-4 run to take control over an eight-minute span. Highlighting the run were six three-pointers, including four in a 3:06 span and another three treys in a 1:55 span. Trailing 34-12 with under three minutes to play in the half, Wright scored five straight points - all from the free throw line - before Pitt tallied the final three points to take a 37-17 cushion into intermission.
Junior guard Chretien Lukusa struck for a pair of three-pointers in the game's first 5:05 to keep BU close. But Pitt sophomore guard Ashton Gibbs got hot, drilling three three-pointers in a 1:46 span - the beginning of six long distance shots that carried the host team in the first half.
The Panthers then opened up the second half with seven straight points and led by as many as 28 points before settling on the final 25-point margin.
Sophomore center Kyrie Sutton doubled his career-high with 12 points for the Bearcats, who outrebounded Pitt in the second half (13-12). Sutton showed a nice jump hook and hit 6-of-12 to go with a team-high six rebounds.
"We played well in spurts," interim head coach Mark Macon said. "This game is a stepping stone for us. We have to keep plugging away. This game is built around defense and not turning the ball over and we have a lot of work to do on the defensive end."
Binghamton plays at St. Bonaventure on Friday.
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