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Thankfully, the Pitt Panthers were able to shake off their early-season rust in front of a national audience on Tuesday, easily handling the Binghamton Bearcats by a 71-46 count on ESPN2.

The game, which had a rare 5:30 PM start because of its inclusion in ESPN's 24-hour college basketball overload, was all about the much-improved Ashton Gibbs, who led all scorers with 22 points, 18 of them coming via three-point land. His 17 points at halftime were as many as the entire Binghamton team.

Pitt's opponent was not much of a measuring stick, given that half of the team was dismissed in the offseason for a variety of reasons, including one who was selling cocaine (or as it's known locally in seven-gram quantities, "Ben Roethlisberger jerseys"). Their interim coach, Mark Macon, was a better player (and probably still is) than anyone on their roster. But a win is a win is a win. Is a win.

The Panthers resume play tomorrow night against 1-0 Eastern Kentucky, which went 12-16 in the Ohio Valley Conference last season. They did qualify for the NCAA tournament in 2007, but were quickly ushered out by North Carolina. Gametime is scheduled for 7 PM at the Pete.

Meanwhile, the 2-0 Duquesne Dukes got their first win over a Big Ten team since 1973 with a 52-50 win over Iowa in the CBE Classic at Iowa City. Junior Bill Clark nailed a three-pointer with 11.7 seconds left to lift the Dukes to the victory.

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Sean said...
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Sean said...

Just to fire up some of the Penn State readers (Adam), you should have had a separate post for Duquesne's win titled "Duquesne Does What Penn State Cannot, Defeats Iowa."

Adam said...

Yeah well...Duquesnes can kiss our ring.

RuthenianCowboy said...

What was up with the attendance yesterday? I know 5:30 is an odd start time, but the Pete looked very empty.

BURGH08 said...

Do you get rings for winning the NIT?

What flavor are they? Grape or Cherry?

Adam said...

If you're going to make fun of Penn State from a Duquesne perspective you should probably shut up. We won the tournament you lost in the first round of. Kiss our ass.

BURGH08 said...

So at least tell me the flavor of 'your' ring.

I bet it's orange.