The Panthers hit 15 of their first 20 shots on the evening, opening the game on a 20-4 run. Pitt increased the lead to 47-21 just 15 and a half minutes into the game and the Bulls were forced to fight their way back the rest of the night.
The Bulls managed to go on a 16-2 run over the final 4:26 of the first half as they trailed 49-37 at the break. UB benefited from the return of sophomore CJ Massinburg, who made his season debut on Wednesday. Massinburg hit a pair of threes during the run.
Pitt increased . . .
"It's tough when you dig yourself a 26-point hole, with a team like Pitt, to come back and win," said head coach Nate Oats. "We've been struggling with turnovers but got our turnovers down to eight tonight, so I thought we did a good job with that. It was great to have CJ back and he helps in cutting turnovers down. If we can put 40 minutes together, we can beat some really good teams."
After a career-high 24 points on Saturday at St. Bonaventure, Perkins added 23 points and eight rebounds on Wednesday night. Senior Blake Hamilton finished with 18 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Massinburg, playing for the first time this year, had 14 points, five assists and three rebounds off the bench. McKinzie added six points and six boards off the bench as well.
Freshman Davonta Jordan had a game-high six assists, while adding six points and redshirt sophomore Dontay Caruthers had three assists.
Pitt (7-2) had six players score in double figures, including all five starters. Michael Young and Cameron Johnson each had a team-high 17 points.
The Bulls will now return to Alumni Arena for just the second time this year on Saturday afternoon when UB hosts Coppin State. Tipoff is set for 2:00 pm.
(Courtesy of UB Athletics)