Friday , Nov , 17 , 2006 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).

“I thought we passed and shared the ball exceptionally well tonight,”
Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon said. “We used our size to our advantage well
tonight, and from that were also able to get some good looks and knock down
open shots.”

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).

“It’s been a tough start both physically and mentally, but it’s also been a
very good experience,” Northeastern coach Bill Coen said. “We need to find a
way to compete and these games are important to us so that when it’s time for
our conference play, we’ll be ready.”

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.