Pittsburgh rallies to defeat Oakland


Associated Press

PITTSBURGH

J.J. Moore had five of his team-high 16 points in overtime, and Pittsburgh set a school record for largest halftime deficit overcome with a 72-62 victory over Oakland on Saturday night.

The Panthers (4-0) trailed by 14 at the half and by as many as 18 in the second half, the third-largest deficit they’ve come back from at any point in a game for a win. Pitt went on a 7-0 run over the final 59 seconds of regulation to force overtime.

Pitt dominated the extra session; scoring 11 of the first 13 points in overtime, including a James Robinson jumper that survived a video review to be sure it beat the shot clock.

The Panthers improved to 95-3 against nonconference opponents in the 10-year history of the Petersen Events Center.

Corey Petros had 19 points for the Golden Grizzlies (1-3), who have never beaten a Big East opponent.

Out to beat an opponent from any of the six major conferences for the third consecutive season, Oakland shot 46.8 percent (22 of 47) from the field. The Grizzlies took the lead with a 24-8 run midway through the first half.

Pitt wouldn’t pull even until a pair of free throws by Robinson with 10 seconds left.

The Panthers even had a chance to win it at the buzzer after forcing a turnover but Tray Woodall’s jumper didn’t fall.

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