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    Pitt advances to title game
    11/24/2009
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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Redshirt freshman Travon Woodall had 19 points and Ashton Gibbs added 18, leading Pittsburgh to a gritty 68-55 win over Wichita State in the semifinals of the CBE Classic on Monday night at the Sprint Center.

    Pitt (4-0) labored through its first away game, shooting 55 percent in the second half to pull away down the stretch. Woodall had six rebounds, five assists and four steals to offset six turnovers, sending the Panthers today's championship game against No. 3 Texas or Iowa.

    Wichita State (2-1) stayed close into the second half behind a loud pro-Shockers crowd and the shooting of Toure Murry but was hurt by 37 percent shooting in the first half and 24 turnovers. Murry had 20 points and J.T. Durley added 15.

    With four starters gone from a team that came within a basket of reaching the Final Four, Pitt coach Jamie Dixon has spent the early part of the season trying to figure out who's going to do what.

    It hasn't helped that senior guard Jermaine Dixon, the only returning starter, is still out with a broken foot and Gilbert Brown, last year's sixth man, won't be back from his academic suspension until next month.

    The Panthers still managed to start the season with three straight wins, the opening three-point win over Wofford their only real test.

    Wichita State gave Pitt some problems early with its aggressive man defense and later with full-court pressure, making nearly every possession a grind for the Panthers.

    Pitt wore the Shockers down in the second half, pulling away behind the shooting and playmaking of Woodall and Gibbs.

    It's not the first time Pitt has had trouble with a school from the Missouri Valley Conference. The Panthers are (12-16) against the MVC and lost to Bradley in the second round of the 2006 NCAA tournament in their last game against a school from the conference.

    This one was a win, but it didn't come without some moments of exasperation from Jamie Dixon. He stalked the sideline with a quizzical look on his face after numerous offensive breakdowns and offensive bungles, occasionally stomping in disgust.

    Dixon's frustration level reached a peak midway through the first half when the Panthers threw an inbound pass from under the basket into the middle of the lane - with no Pitt players in the paint.

    "Why? Why? Why?" Dixon shouted as he flailed his arms out and walked Groucho Marx-like in front of Pittsburgh's bench.

    Pitt used a late 11-3 run to take a 32-21 halftime lead, only to give up eight quick points to start the second half. The Panthers quickly pushed the lead back, Wichita State answered and the teams continued the yo-yo over the next few minutes before Pittsburgh scored eight straight points to go up 51-40.

    Gibbs scored seven straight points a few minutes later to keep Wichita State from getting any closer.
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    Shows how interested I am in the college BB season.I didn't even know it began.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Les View Post
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    Shows how interested I am in the college BB season.I didn't even know it began.
    Eh, you'll get there.... After Jan 10th there will be no reason to watch pro football....
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    Eh, you'll get there.... After Jan 10th there will be no reason to watch pro football....
    AWESOME!!!!!Then we can get onto more important things like firing our HC.


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