Well, I guess those odds makers over in Vegas knew what they were doing in setting that 10 point line today. Pittsburgh finally got in the win column in BIG EAST play and broke out of their offensive slump in a big way against the Friars. The Panthers ended up a fantastic 11-20 from downtown, with a 7-12 performance in the 1st half to help pull away and never look back.
Ashton Gibbs scored 22 points — including 14 straight during a late first-half run — as Pittsburgh beat Providence 86-74 on Wednesday night to end an eight-game losing streak.Trayvon Woodall added 17 points and nine assists in his second game back from groin and abdominal injuries as the Panthers (12-9, 1-7 Big East) won for the first time in five weeks.
Pittsburgh was in control towards the end of the first half, and pretty much all of the 2nd. Providence was able to make it somewhat interesting halfway through the last stanza, but any time they threatened the Panthers easily scored multiple quick buckets to regain a comfortable lead.
- With 10:54 left, Bryce Cotton made a three to finally cut it to single digits after being down as many as 16 — 50 seconds later, Pitt was back up 13 after Talib Zana tipped shot on an offensive rebound and quick Tray Woodall layup.
- At the 8 minute mark, Vincent Council threw a beautiful lob to Cotton for the alley-oop layup to cut the Pittsburgh lead to 7 — 58 seconds later Gibbs and Lamar Patterson each made a bucket and PC failed to score on their next several trips down the court.
Let’s judge some performances by dishing out some bowls of pasta.
Vincent Council – Fantastic game all around. It’s a shame he didn’t get much help offensively other than Cotton in the 2nd half, or that no one could catch his great passes. The ESPN announcers even said he was this year’s Marshon Brooks. Does that mean he’ll score a ton and we’ll win 4 BIG EAST games? I’LL TAKE IT.
Ashton Gibbs – Was is it about the Friars that makes this guy hit every shot? Like Jim Calhoun once said about John Linehan, I’m going to drive this clown to his graduation.
Tray Woodall – Now I have severe abdominal pain from watching him pick apart the Friars D with 17 points and 9 assists.
LaDontae Henton – Keep piling up those double-doubles. Just lay off those threes, bro.
Bryce Cotton – Another strong game offensively, but all the damage came in the 2nd half. I guess when you play 40 minutes a game you have to conserve your energy?
Nasir Robinson – Got into some words with Cooley who bumped into him by accident during a stoppage. Don’t mess with Cooley, guy.
Kadeem Batts – I’m going to pull one out of the ‘ol Ed Cooley coaching on the sidelines playbook – “WHAT THE F&%# ARE YOU DOING!?!?!”
Brice Kofane – We needed some D, and for some reason he barely saw the court. Given the roster depth, I’m thinking Cooley had some other reasons for only playing Kofane for 6 minutes.
Gerard Coleman – What’s going on here?