November 9, 2007

Showtime at the Pete

Call them the Showtime Panthers.

With fast break dunks, alley oops, no-look passes, and generally sensational play, the Pitt men's basketball team played some of its most entertaining basketball in years on Friday night as the Panthers rolled over Houston Baptist 103-62 at the Petersen Events Center.

In fact, on a night when over a dozen individual, team, and facility records were set, Pitt's opening four-minute stretch may go down as one of the most entertaining runs the team has ever had, as the Panthers took a 13-0 lead over the first 3:35 on the strength of three-fast break opportunities and three dunks that had the crowd going through the roof.

The quick start set the tone for the evening, as Pitt finished with 22 fast-break points and 32 points off 22 turnovers. It's a fast-paced style that some envisioned for the Panthers this season, and junior forward Sam Young, who had 5 of the first 13 points on two dunks and an "and one," said that Friday night's game was a harbinger of things to come.

"In the past we've been known for our defense and in our defense we always had the opportunity to get the fast-break points, but we always were a half-court team, so we didn't take advantage of our opportunities," Young said after the game. "But now that we're more agile, we can take advantage of the opportunities and we can blow teams out and get them out of the way early instead of holding the ball and wasting time."

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