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Pittsburgh men’s basketball off to 2-0 start in Bahamas exhibition trip

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For the second consecutive game, the Pittsburgh men’s basketball team reached the century mark in their exhibition tour of the Bahamas. The Panthers defeated the Bahamas All-Stars 113-59 at Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium on Aug. 2.

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Sophomore Mike Young led five Pitt players with 18 points on 8-10 shooting and five rebounds. Vanderbilt sophomore transfer Shelton Jeter contributed 16 points, on 7-of-8 shooting, and six rebounds while junior James Robinson added 14 points and six dimes. Senior Cameron Wright tallied 10 points and produced a team-high seven assists in just 17 minutes of action. Sophomore Jamel Antis also chipped in 10 points. In addition, the Panthers received nine points and 13 caroms from junior Joseph Uchebo.

Pitt took control early on with a 19-2 run in the middle of the first quarter. The Panthers received field goals from Wright, Robinson, Artis and sophomore Chris Jones in the run to build a 33-13 lead at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, Pitt turned up the ball pressure with a ball-hawking half-court defense and forced Bahamas All-Stars into several turnovers which created fast break opportunities. Pitt led 66-27 at halftime.

For the game, the Panthers shot 62.2 percent from the floor (46-of-74) but struggled from beyond the arc (2-of-18).

Pitt 101, Pyramid Food Rockets 62

Wright scored 18 of his game-high 21 points in the first half to lead the Panthers to a 101-62 win over the Pyramid Food Rockets at Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium on Aug. 1.

Leading just 17-14, Pitt took control of the game as it used an 8-0 run over the first quarter's final 2:05 to build a 25-14 lead at the end of the first quarter. Sparked by two 3-pointers from Wright, the Panthers used another 8-0 run before halftime to go up 48-28 at the half.

Pitt shot 56 percent from the field, including 50 percent from beyond the arc (8-of-16). The Panthers tallied 30 assists on their 39 field goals.

Young had a tremendous all-around game, tallying 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting. He added seven rebounds and five assists.

Freshman Cameron Johnson contributed 13 points, which included three three-pointers (3-of-6). Jones, who tossed in 11 points in the first half, finished with 12 points while Artis and Jeter added eight points apiece. Uchebo led the Panthers with 12 rebounds while senior Derrick Randall grabbed nine boards.

After a day off, Pitt will battle Street Legends All-Stars on Aug. 5, and will take on Atlantis All-Stars to conclude their Bahamas trip on Aug. 6.

Notes:

- Pitt has used two different starting lineups in the Bahamas. In game one, the starters included five starters included Randall at center, Young and Jones at forward and Wright along with Robinson at guard. In game two, Pitt's five starters included Uchebo at center, Artis and Jeter at forwards and Wright along with sophomore Josh Newkirk at guard.

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