No. 10 Pittsburgh tops South Florida
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – Levance Fields led a balanced Pittsburgh
attack with 11 points in addition to five assists, as the 10th-ranked Panthers
defeated the South Florida Bulls, 69-48, in Big East action at Petersen Events
Antonio Graves, Ronald Ramon and Mike Cook all chipped in with nine points for
the Panthers (14-2, 2-0 Big East), who shot 63 percent from three-point range
en route to winning their fourth straight game.
Fields and Ramon each hit three treys in the win, the Panthers first in three
all-time meetings with South Florida.
Kentrell Gransberry had a game-high 14 points in addition to nine rebounds for
the Bulls (9-7, 0-2), who have lost six of their last eight games overall.
Jesus Verdejo had 12 points, while Melvin Buckley added 10.
The teams remained close through the early goings of the first half until
Pittsburgh pulled away, courtesy of a 10-0 run.
Up by just one at 16-15, Cook started the run on a layup with 6:04 to go
before Graves netted a three and a layup to push the Panthers’ edge to 23-15.
Ramon then capped the spurt from behind the arc to give Pittsburgh an 11-point
cushion with 3:50 left in the half.
The Panthers held a 10-point advantage at 32-22 heading into the half.
Solomon Bozeman’s second-half jumper pulled the Bulls to within 34-26, but the
Panthers countered with eight straight points to go ahead 42-26 with 12:04 to
Later, back-to-back three-pointers by Ramon and Tyrell Biggs stretched
Pittsburgh’s advantage to 51-29 as the Panthers rolled to victory.
Pittsburgh shot 43 percent from the floor, while South Florida hit on 41
percent of its shots…The Panthers got 28 points from their bench and won the
rebounding battle 38-28, which included 16 offensive boards…Bozeman ended
with seven points…Keith Benjamin, Aaron gray and Sam Young added seven
points each in the win.