WASHINGTON, D.C. – UNC Asheville junior guard Matt Dickey scored a team-high 21 points while teammate J.P. Primm added 14 to the Bulldogs’ total, but the Blue & White could not slow down No. 1 seeded Pitt at the Verizon Center, falling 74-51 in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
Ashton Gibbs scored a game high 26 points for the Panthers, who improve to 27-5 on the year. Asheville could not match the Panthers on the boards, as Pitt out-rebounded the Bulldogs 44-24 in the game. With the loss Asheville falls to 20-14 on the season overall.
In the first half took and early lead at 7-5 heading into the first media timeout. The Panthers would take the lead at 11-9 at the 13:53 mark and then went on a 12-2 run over the next seven minutes to push its lead to 12 at 23-11 until Dickey hit a 3-pointer to end the scoring drought.
Asheville put together a run of its own after that point, outscoring Pitt 11-7 to close out the half trailing 30-25. Chris Stephenson led the way for the Blue & White in the first half, scoring seven points. Dickey and Primm had six points apiece, with Primm playing limited minutes due to foul trouble.
Ashton Gibbs and Brad Wanamaker led the way for the Panthers in the first, as each added six points to the Panthers’ total. Gary McGhee posted six boards in the frame as Pitt out-rebounded Asheville 27-15 to open the game.
The Panthers started the second half extending their lead over the Bulldogs. With 11:43 remaining the Pitt lead was 11 at 48-37 before extending the lead even further over the next four minutes. With 7:50 to go the lead was 56-39.
Pitt outscored the Bulldogs 18-12 over the final seven minutes to secure the win and advance to the next round.