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Pitt brushes off Colgate, 68-54, reaches double-digit victories (10)

Jerry DiPaola
| Saturday, December 29, 2018 6:00 p.m
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Pitt’s Malik Ellison dunks over Colgate’s Rapolas Ivanauskas in the first half at Petersen Events Center.
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Pitt’s Au’Diese Toney fights for a loose ball with Colgate’s Tucker Richardson in the first half at Petersen Events Center.
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Pitt’s Malik Ellison steals a pass intended for Colgate’s Will Rayman in the first half at Petersen Events Center.
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Pitt’s Au’Diese Toney hits a three pointer against Colgate in the first half at Petersen Events Center.
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Pitt’s Trey McGowens dunks past Colgate’s Tucker Richardson in the first half at Petersen Events Center.

Pitt concluded its nonconference schedule Saturday with a 68-54 victory against Colgate at Petersen Events Center.

The Panthers (10-3) have won two more games than they did last season, but they were outscored in the second half, 31-26.

Colgate came off a two-week break and fell to 8-5. The Raiders outrebounded Pitt, 50-34, including 25-10 on the offensive glass.

Pitt led by as much as 23 points in the second half, and Colgate never threatened to take the lead. But the Raiders did pull within 58-45 with 6 minutes, 5 seconds left in the game. The Panthers went 6:56 without a field goal, allowing Colgate to go on an 8-0 run.

Trey McGowens led Pitt with 16 points, followed by Jared Wilson-Frame (15), Au’Diese Toney (14), Xavier Johnson (11) and Terrell Brown (10).

Johnson hit a 3-point basket at the end of the first half, giving him double-digit scoring in the first 13 games of his freshman season, but he was scoreless in the second half.

Brown played a season-high 27 minutes, scored 10 points for the second time in three games and blocked a career-high and school-record nine shots, barely missing a double-double. Pitt also set a team record with 13 blocks.

Colgate scored the game’s first five points, but Pitt seized a lead it never surrendered, 13-12, on a basket by Johnson with 12:49 left in the first half.

While Colgate played 5 minutes, 14 seconds without a field goal, Pitt went on a 10-1 run to grab a 23-13 lead with 8:48 left in the half.

Pitt continued to dominate the Raiders, building the lead to 42-23 at intermission.

Colgate committed 12 turnovers in the first half, more than double Pitt’s total (five). McGowens had three of Pitt’s five steals in the first half.

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Jerry DiPaola is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jerry at jdipaola@tribweb.com or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.

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