VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS - Pittsburgh 95, North Florida 49
The BIG EAST improved to 11-3 overall and 10-1 at home as No. 5/4 Pittsburgh and Providence both earned wins on their home floors yesterday.
The Panthers moved to 3-0 on the season after a 95-49 victory over North Florida. Pittsburgh used 26-6 first half run to pull away from the Ospreys and notch its 50th straight home victory against a nonconference opponent. It is the first time since 2002 that the Panthers have won consecutive games by 40-point margins, as Pitt knocked off Illinois-Chicago 97-54 on Wednesday. Freshman J.J. Moore led all scorers with 19 points and added eight rebounds.
Providence coasted to an 87-52 win over Dartmouth at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in the team's season-opening contest. Sophomore Vincent Council led all scorers with 18 points while freshman Gerard Coleman added 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting to pace the Friar attack. Coleman's 17 points were the highest total for a freshman starting the season opener in program history. The Providence defense also held the Big Green to just 25% shooting from the floor, marking the first time in six seasons the Friars had held a team to below 30% shooting in a game.
Five BIG EAST team's are in action on Sunday, including DePaul, who will play its season-opener under new head coach Oliver Purnell.