Pitt survived its worst free-throw shooting effort of the season, going 10 for 19. The Panthers, who entered the game shooting 72.2 percent from the line, missed six in a row during one stretch late in the game.
“Obviously, we would have liked to made some free throws down the stretch, but we have very good free throw shooters, and I expect them to make them down the road,” coach Jamie Dixon said.
• The Panthers helped Auburn draw by far its largest home crowd of the season, as 6,544 looked on. Auburn had attracted an average home attendance of 3,160 in its first four games at the Beard-Eaves Memorial Colisuem. The arena seats 10,500.
• Pitt turned the ball over a season-high 18 times. Guard Levance Fields had three turnovers to go with three assists. Fields also had a career-best eight rebounds. Pitt had a season-high 46 rebounds.
• Pitt remains undefeated in December under Dixon, improving to 24-0. The Panthers also moved to 6-0 against SEC teams under Dixon. The Panthers will play host to Duquesne on Wednesday in the annual City Game.
• Sophomore small forward Sam Young, bothered by a nagging knee injury, played a season-low five minutes. Dixon also said forward Tyrell Biggs had a pregame temperature of 100 degrees, and center Aaron Gray missed practice Saturday with a blister on his left foot.
23 – Double-doubles for Aaron Gray in his past 41 games.
4 – Career double-doubles for everybody on Pitt’s roster other than Gray (Young 2, Mike Cook, Levon Kendall).
– John Grupp
is a former freelancer.