In its last non-conference game of the 2012-13 season, the Pitt men's basketball team defeated Kennesaw State, 59-43, today at the Petersen Events Center.
Forward Talib Zanna continued to impress in what's become a breakout junior season, scoring a team-high 12 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Guard James Robinson added eight points and all 10 Pitt players that played managed to score.
After a sluggish start that saw them fall behind 9-4 in the game's opening minutes, the Panthers (12-1), after an immediate timeout from coach Jamie Dixon, responded by finishing the first half on a 26-7 run.
The Owls (1-11) scored just three points in the final 11:01 of the half, a stretch that included just one made field goal. The 16 points allowed in the first half were the tied for the ninth-fewest in a half in program history.
Kennesaw State held its own for much of the second half, only getting out-scored by two points in the final 20 minutes, but the first-half deficit proved to be too much to overcome.
Things pick up significantly for Pitt in the coming week, as it will face an undefeated No. 11 Cincinnati team Dec. 31 at home.
Craig Meyer: firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter, @craig_a_meyer