Pitt 65, No. 6 Syracuse 55: Postgame Recap and Audio
By: Nate Barnes
The place where “Top 10 Teams Come to Die” claimed another victim Saturday as Pitt picked up its most-meaningful victory of its 2012-13 season to-date, with a 65-55 tally in effectively handling the No.6-ranked Syracuse Orange in front of the loudest, most raucous Oakland Zoo crowd in recent memory. At the Petersen Events Center, Pitt now holds a 13-1 record against Top-10 teams. The story of the day for Pittsburgh (18-5, 6-4 Big East) revolved again around a team effort on the glass, and the depth of the 10-man Panther rotation which proved difficult for the short-handed Orange (18-3, 6-2 Big East) to handle.
Redshirt senior Tray Woodall led the Panthers with 13 points, but no other Panther reached double-figures as every one of Pitt’s 10 players scored. The Panther bench dominated the Orange bench, outscoring Syracuse’s reserves 31-3 in the game. For Dixon, this is the kind of win that prescribes right to what he’s harped on the entire season—defense and rebounding. Pitt held Syracuse to only 18 made field goals at a 36.7 percent mark from the field, and out-rebounded Syracuse 39-24.
Entering the game, Syracuse ranked in the Top 10 among all Division I college basketball teams in rebounding with over 42 rebounds per game as a unit. Because of the Orange’s rebounding acumen, Dixon made it a point to challenge his players to get on the boards and the team answered the call. Up next for the Panthers will be a home game on Monday night against the Seton Hall Pirates, as Pitt looks to string together wins as the season barrels into its final full month. Tipoff is at 9:00pm and the game can be heard here on WPTS.
Head Coach Jamie Dixon
Pitt Players- Trey Zeigler, Lamar Patterson, Tray Woodall, and Cameron Wright
Syracuse Head Coach Jim Boeheim