Thursday , Apr , 01 , 2010 C.Y. Ellis

Gray guides Pitt past Huskies

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – Aaron Gray poured in a game-high 24 points
and grabbed 14 rebounds as fourth-ranked Pittsburgh rolled past Northeastern,
78-52, at Petersen Events Center.

Gray finished 11-of-16 shooting while Antonio Graves added 15 points for the
Panthers (3-0).

Pittsburgh shot 51 percent from the field.

Eugene Spates scored 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting and Bennet Davis had 12
points and five boards for the Huskies (0-2).

The Panthers opened the first half with a 15-2 run, capped by a Keith Benjamin
jumper. Gray led the charge with eight points during the 7:15 spurt.

Northeastern, though, cut it to 22-17 when Spates drained a three with 7:27
remaining. Pittsburgh then scored 13 straight points en route to a 38-24
halftime advantage. Gray finished with 17 points in the first frame.

Mike Cook’s layup finished a 16-4 burst by the Panthers 4:39 into the second
half. Pittsburgh continued to pad its lead and was never threatened by the
Huskies, who trailed the rest of the frame by 20-plus points.

Northeastern finished a dismal 35 percent shooting.

Game Notes

The game marked the first-ever meeting between the two schools…Benjamin
scored 11 points…Northeastern’s Adrian Martinez finished with six points and
five assists…The Panthers shot 42 percent from three-point range.