Friday , Mar , 16 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Panthers cruise past Raiders into second round

Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) – Ronald Ramon dropped in 14 points and pulled
down seven rebounds, as Pittsburgh dropped Wright State, 79-58, in the opening
round of the NCAA Tournament at HSBC Arena.

Sam Young dropped in 13 points while Mike Cook scored 12 for third-seeded Pitt
(28-7), which advances to the second round to take on Virginia Commonwealth
after VCU toppled Duke earlier in the night. The Panthers were upset in the
second round last year by Bradley, and will be looking to avoid a similar
fate.

Aaron Gray had a solid all-around night, finishing with 11 points, nine
rebounds and four blocks.

DaShaun Wood had 13 points, seven assists, six boards and four steals for the
Horizon League-champion Raiders (23-10), who had won 11 of 12 heading
into this matchup.

Vaughn Duggins netted 12 points, and Scottie Wilson added 11 in defeat.

The Panthers established immediate control, as they roared out to a 13-0 lead.
Levon Kendall, Cook and Antonio Graves started the game with consecutive
threes, and Levance Fields and Gray added close-range buckets to complete the
surge.

Wright State snapped out of its funk, and ripped off an 11-1 run to knot the
game at 22-22 with 8:34 remaining in the first half.

Pitt, though, ended the half with a 13-3 charge — behind a pair of three-
pointers from Ramon — to take a 43-30 lead into intermission. Young
had 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting at the half to lead all scorers.

The Panthers continued to pull away in the second half, kicking things off
with an 11-3 run to push the lead to 21. Cook started the spurt with a layup,
and Graves converted a lay-in of his own with about 15 minutes to play to make
it 54-33.

The Raiders never seriously threatened the rest of the way.

Game Notes

The Panthers have won all three meetings with Wright State…This was Wright
State’s second tournament appearance and first since 1993…Pitt has its
highest seed since it was No. 3 in 2004, which is the last time it reached the
Sweet 16…Pitt improved to 16-19 all-time in the NCAA tourney.

PITT WRIGHTST