Pitt routs Ohio 74-49 behind early 20-3 surge

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PITTSBURGH (AP)—Ashton Gibbs scored 15 points and Pittsburgh jumped out to a 17-point lead in the first 8 1/2 minutes before easing to a 74-49 victory over Ohio on Tuesday, the Panthers’ final game before starting Big East play.

Pittsburgh (10-2) led 4-3 with 90 seconds gone before going on a 16-0 run over the next seven minutes, stretching its lead to 20-3. Ohio (7-4) had won three in a row, only to miss 14 of its first 15 shots.

The Bobcats tried mounting a comeback, outscoring Pitt 19-10 to get to within 30-22, but the Panthers scored eight of the final 10 points to close the half. The Panthers held leads in the 20-point range throughout the second half.

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 Ohio
Armon Bassett Armon Bassett
4-12,  12 Pts
3 Rebs, 1 Assists
 Pittsburgh
Jermaine Dixon Jermaine Dixon
4-9,  14 Pts
6 Rebs, 6 Assists

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