SALT LAKE CITY -- No. 9 seed Wichita State defeated No. 8 seed Pitt, 73-55, this afternoon in an NCAA second-round West Region game at EnergySolutions Arena.
Wichita State moves on to play No. 1 seed Gonzaga, who beat No. 16 Southern. Pitt finished the season 24-9.
Freshman center Steven Adams led Pitt with 13 points and 11 rebounds. The Panthers shot 35 percent from the field and were just 1 for 17 from 3-point range.
In his final game at Pitt, Tray Woodall, the team's leading scorer and top playmaker, was 1 for 12 from the field, scored two points and had five turnovers.
Malcolm Armstead led Wichita State with 22 points. Cleanthony Early added 19 for the Shockers.
Wichita State scored the final five points before halftime to take a 26-21 lead at the intermission.
Wichita State (27-8) built the lead to 10 eight minutes into the second half. Tekele Cotton made a 3-pointer and Carl Hall converted a 3-point play to make it 41-31 with 11:57 remaining. The Shockers went up by 16 with five minutes to play.
For the first 18:40 of the game, neither team held more than a two-point lead. Ron Baker put Wichita State up 24-21 when he made one of two free throws with 1:20 remaining after Pitt junior Lamar Patterson was called for a flagrant foul. On the ensuing possession, Armstead grabbed a long rebound and scored with 34 seconds remaining for the five-point halftime lead.
Neither team shot well in the first half. Wichita State shot 29 percent and Pitt shot 30 percent. Wichita State had seven offensive rebounds and eight second-chance points while Pitt only had three offensive rebounds and two second-chance points.
Early, who despite only playing 10 minutes after picking up two early fouls, scored 10 points to lead the Shockers in the first 20 minutes.
Pitt's five starters combined to make two field goals in the first half. The leading scorer in the first half for Pitt was reserve center Dante Taylor, who scored five points.