PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pittsburgh Panthers weren’t supposed to face a real test for another nine days, when they head to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational and could face teams including Arizona, BYU and San Diego State.
But nearly 13 minutes into their second game of the season, the Panthers found themselves trailing the Samford by five points.
Pitt finished the half on an 18-3 run and held onto the lead in the second for a 63-56 victory Sunday at the Petersen Events Center.
Sophomore forward Michael Young led the Panthers with a career-high 20 points, making 10 of 12 field goals and pulling in five rebounds. Young scored 14 points in the second half to help Pitt secure its victory.
The Panthers couldn’t pull away and never led by more than nine points. Tyler Hood kept Samford in the game with 21 points and made five 3-pointers while capitalizing on soft spots in Pitt’s 2-3 zone.