American vs Pittsburgh

Dixon wins 200th as No. 6 Pitt throttles American wire reports

PITTSBURGH -- Jamie Dixon usually does most of the talking in Pitt's locker room following a game. This time, his players did.

It was a special occasion, even if the coach of the sixth-ranked Panthers didn't necessarily agree.

Brad Wanamaker scored 19 points and led a first-half surge in which Pittsburgh held American to a lone basket for 10 minutes, and the Panthers won 61-46 on Wednesday night for their 200th victory under Dixon.

Dixon, in his eighth season, reached the mark in his 255th game, faster than all but 11 other coaches in NCAA history. Clair Bee of Rider and Long Island accomplished it in a record 231 games during the 1930s.

Pitt's seniors -- Wanamaker, Gary McGhee and Gilbert Brown -- spoke to their younger teammates of their respect for Dixon, and they presented him with the game ball.

"It wasn't something I spent all night thinking about going into it," Dixon said of No. 200. "It was very thoughtful of the players ... that's probably what means the most to me. They talked about the hard work and dedication but, of course, I corrected them and told them it was good players that was most important."

Only Mark Few of Gonzaga and Roy Williams of Kansas also made it to 200 victories in their eighth season -- reflecting, in part, the number of games schools now play. Pitt has won fewer than 25 games only once since Dixon replaced Ben Howland as coach in 2003.

"We're going to stick with the formula, and that's good players," Dixon said. "Anyone that's relying on coaching is not going to be successful."

American coach Jeff Jones doesn't necessarily agree.

"Look at the consistency -- that says a lot about the job he's done," Jones said. "It's not as if Pitt has the tradition of a Kansas or a Duke, but the last 8-9 seasons, they're right there."

Brown, coming off a 28-point game against Maryland-Eastern Shore, added 15 points as the Panthers wrapped up their non-conference schedule -- and in a game that was much closer than they probably expected.

The Panthers, who came in averaging 82.3 points per game, had been held to fewer than 70 points only once, a 68-66 victory over Texas at Madison Square Garden. They were held to 40 percent shooting, 22 of 55, but overcame that with a 41-24 advantage in rebounding.

"We couldn't hang with them on the boards," Jones said. "They do a lot of things well, but that's the one thing that jumps out at you."

Vlad Moldoveanu scored 23 points for American (7-5), which played its second ranked opponent this season. The Eagles lost to then-No. 18 Florida 67-48 on Dec. 5.

"Pitt's very physical," Moldoveanu said. "I think we blew some (defensive) assignments and that can't happen. Pitt makes you pay the price whenever that happens.

American led 12-10 with 13:11 remaining in the first half. The Panthers then went on a 15-2 run keyed by Wanamaker's seven points over the next 10 minutes to make it 27-14, and they looked to be pulling away from a team that struggled to beat Mount St. Mary's 69-64 on Monday.

But with the 6-foot-9 Moldoveanu repeatedly shooting over Pitt defenders, the Eagles scored nine of the first 10 points to start the second half and were within 42-35 following Troy Brewer's 3-pointer with 13:35 remaining.

The Eagles, decidedly smaller than Pitt, used their quickness and patience to frustrate the Panthers at times defensively and forced them into missing their first six shots of the second half. Pitt made only 13 of 25 free throws.

Pittsburgh finally began building its lead against the Patriot League favorites when Wanamaker hit a jumper and a free throw and Ashton Gibbs and Brown each made 3-pointers during a 9-0 run that made it 56-39. Gibbs scored 10 points on 4-of-14 shooting.

The Panthers won their 56th consecutive non-conference game at the Petersen Events Center, where they play No. 4 Connecticut in their Big East opener on Monday night.

"We told Coach we've got some more things we want to accomplish," Brown said.

Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Jamie Dixon reaches the 200-win mark faster than all but 11 other coaches in NCAA history. (AP)
Jamie Dixon reaches the 200-win mark faster than all but 11 other coaches in NCAA history. (AP)
American (7-5)182846
Pittsburgh #6 (12-1) «342761
AMER:V. Moldoveanu 23 Pts
AMER:N. Hendra 8 Reb
AMER:N. Hendra 3 Ast
PITT:B. Wanamaker 19 Pts
PITT:D. Taylor 7 Reb
PITT:T. Woodall 5 Ast

Related Video


CBSSports Shop

Men's Nike White Villanova Wildcats 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball National Champions Locker Room T-Shirt

Villanova Wildcats 2016 National Champs
Get the Locker Room Gear!
Shop Now

Vlad Moldoveanu
Brad Wanamaker
American Eagles
V. Moldoveanu, F379-212-223223
T. Brewer, G322-60-03226
N. Hendra, G260-41-28341
S. Lumpkins, F255-70-040210
S. Luptak, G221-50-00002
D. Munoz, G170-00-00220
C. Hinkle, G110-10-02110
S. McCormack, G101-10-01152
T. Wroblicky, F80-00-01000
D. Fisher, F70-00-00120
J. Hill, G30-00-00100
B. Jolivette, G11-10-01002
W. Simon II, G10-00-00000
R. Grafft, FDid Not Play
M. Bersch, FDid Not Play
J. Borucki, GDid Not Play
W. Flood Jr., GDid Not Play
Totals 19-463-422142046
Pittsburgh Panthers
B. Wanamaker, G346-96-861119
G. Brown, F335-123-354015
A. Gibbs, G334-141-224010
G. McGhee, C191-41-46013
T. Zanna, F141-20-02022
N. Robinson, F211-40-06132
D. Taylor, F214-51-47019
T. Woodall, G150-31-21531
L. Patterson, G-F70-10-22000
J. Moore, F30-10-00000
J. Richardson, FDid Not Play
N. Rivers, GDid Not Play
I. Epps, GDid Not Play
A. Nwankwo, FDid Not Play
C. Wright, GDid Not Play
Totals 22-5513-2537151161
Patriot League
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Boston U.12-618-14187
Holy Cross9-915-17208
Army West Point6-1213-19267

TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
N. Carolina14-433-75
Florida St.12-626-914
Notre Dame12-626-1023
Va. Tech10-822-1148
Miami (Fla.)10-821-1242
Wake Forest9-919-1439
Georgia Tech8-1021-16106
NC State4-1415-17141
Boston College2-169-23219
Other games
WIN 52 Final
Kentucky 89
S Diego 50 Final
Baylor 83
HARV 52 Final
UConn 81
RAD 55 Final
Florida 66
UCF 64 Final
UMass 59
Drexel 65 Final
Syracuse 93
Texas 67 Final
Mich St 55
NOVA 76 Final
Monmth 36
Md-BC 53 Final
ND 93
Illinois 64 Final
Missouri 75
IUPUI 54 Final
Kansas 78 Final
California 63