Pitt set a school record for shooting percentage in a game tonight and easily defeated Mount St. Mary's, 80-48, in the season opener at the Petersen Events Center.
The Panthers shot 70.8 percent from the field. They were 34 for 48 from the field and beat the old record of 69.8 percent that was set against George Washington in 1980.
Junior forward Talib Zanna led the Panthers (1-0) with 20 points. Senior guard Tray Woodall added 14 and Trey Zeigler 11.
Mount St. Mary's made six of their first eight shots from 3-point range and took an 18-17 lead in the early going, but the Panthers had too much muscle inside and pressured the Mount into eight of their 16 turnovers in the first 20 minutes.
Zanna scored 12 in the first half and Woodall 10 to help the Panthers to a 42-27 at the intermission. The Panthers shot 75 percent (18 for 24) in the first half, which tied the fourth-highest field goal percentage in a half in school history.
The Panthers pulled away early in the second half. Zeigler scored all of his points after halftime.
Ray Fittipaldo: firstname.lastname@example.org and Twitter @rayfitt1.