Pitt came back from an eight-point halftime deficit to beat Detroit, 74-61, tonight at the Petersen Events Center.
Talib Zanna led the Panthers (7-1) with 16 points. Tray Woodall added 14, and Lamar Patterson added 12.
Pitt trailed 37-29 at halftime. The Panthers scored eight consecutive points to open the second half and tied the score after Zanna made two free throws. Woodall gave Pitt its first lead since the opening minutes when he made a 3-pointer to make it 42-41 with 12:08 remaining.
The score was tied 49-49 with 8:20 remaining. The Panthers then went on a 14-2 run to take a 63-51 lead after Zanna converted a 3-point play with 4:02 left.
The Panthers did a nice job keeping Detroit's leading scorer Ray McCallum in check in the second half. He scored 17 in the first half, but he was held scoreless for the first 9:41 of the second half. He finished with 24.
The Panthers opened up an early 8-2 lead, but they missed several chances to get up by double digits when Zanna missed two dunks. Shortly after that happened Detroit coach Ray McCallum Sr. switched to a zone defense, and the Titans promptly seized control of the game.
Detroit went on a 23-4 run and took a 25-12 lead after Ray McCallum drilled a 3-pointer. While the Detroit zone held down the Pitt offense, Ray McCallum continually found open shots against Pitt's man-to-man defense. He made three 3-pointers in the first half, and the Titans made 6 of 14 as a team. Jason Calliste also made two 3-pointers in the first half.
Woodall kept Pitt close by scoring 11 points in the half, including three 3-pointers. No one else on the team had more than one basket for the Panthers in the first 20 minutes.
Ray Fittipaldo: firstname.lastname@example.org and Twitter @rayfitt1. First Published December 2, 2012 2:15 AM