Pitt snaps skid with win over Providence
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Pitt snapped its eight-game losing streak tonight with a 86-74 victory over Providence at the Petersen Events Center.
The Panthers finally found their shooting groove against the Friars, making 11 3-pointers, their most in the past 11 games.
Ashton Gibbs had five of them and finished with 22 points. Tray Woodall had four more and finished with 17.
The Panthers needed every one of them, too, because Providence guard Vincent Council could not be stopped. Council had 26 points and allowed the Friars to remain within striking distance in the second half.
Pitt led 46-31 at halftime. Gibbs broke open a tight game late in the first half when he made four 3-pointers in a span of 1:55. Pitt led 32-26 with three minutes remaining in the half, but the lead grew to 15 by the time Gibbs was done with his shooting barrage. His final two 3-pointers in the run came 15 seconds apart. He scored 14 of his 16 first-half points in the final 3:54 before halftime.
Woodall heated up in the second half. He made two 3-pointers in the first four minutes of the second half. The second gave the Panthers a 54-39 lead. Providence cut the lead to seven with 7:59 remaining, but the Panthers were able to hold off the Friars from there.
First Published January 25, 2012 12:00 am