Panthers weather the Red Storm, crush St. John’s
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – Aaron Gray scored 13 points and pulled down
10 rebounds, and the ninth-ranked Pittsburgh Panthers ripped the St. John’s
Red Storm, 72-46.
Sam Young scored 11 points for Pitt (19-3, 7-1 Big East), which won its second
straight and ninth in ten games. Mike Cook added eight points for the
Anthony Mason scored 10 points and raked in six rebounds for St. John’s (12-9,
3-5), which had won two straight entering the game, including a 71-68 upset of
No. 22 Notre Dame on Tuesday. Eugene Lawrence scored nine points and pulled
down six boards for the Red Storm, which struggled mightily against Pitt on
the offensive end. St. John’s shot a dreadful 32 percent from the field, and
only made 4-of-24 from behind the three-point line.
Pitt opened the second half with seven straight points, and the Red Storm, who
had stayed within striking distance for much of the first half, could not
get back into the game after that. A Levance Fields layup closed the stretch,
putting the Panthers up 40-23.
The 17-point advantage held until another Pitt run officially put the nail on
St. John’s coffin. Ronald Ramon and Tyrell Biggs drilled threes on a 16-4 run
which pushed the Pitt lead to 28 points, at 59-31, with just under eight
St. John’s hung tight in the first half, but Pitt was able to pull away late.
A trey from Lawrence brought the Red Storm to within 15-10 with 11:11 left in
the first half, but the Panthers responded with a 13-4 run, and a Sam Young
jumper pushed Pitt out to a 28-14 advantage with 5:06 left.
St. John’s trailed 33-23 at the intermission.
Pitt outrebounded the Red Storm, 42-28…The Panthers shot 48 percent from the
field, but only made 5-of-18 (28 percent) from behind the arc.