Blue 56 Gold 53
Chase Adams led all scorers with 21 points. Brad Wanamaker had 19, Ashton Gibbs 17, Travon Woodall 11, Nasir Robinson 11 and Lamar Patterson 10.
It's 29-29 at halftime. Chase Adams leads with 13 points. This guy appears to be the real deal. I reported on media day that one program insider thought he might be a better shooter than Ashton Gibbs. I don't know how it's going to turn out, but he has a nice stroke.
Brad Wanamaker had a nice half as well. He has nine points. Gibbs is doing a nice job of running the point for his team.
The freshmen haven't had many opportunities to shine. Dante Taylor has had some trouble finishing around the basket. He has two points. Zanna has two points. Lamar patterson made a 3-pointer. JJ Richardson is scoreless.
First media timeout
Talib Zanna just dunked to give the Blue team 12-7. The first three baskets were 3-point field goals by Chase Adams, Ashton Gibbs and Travon Woodall. A litte more than five minutes in, Gibbs and Adams each have five points apiece. Zanna is the only freshman to score. Dante Taylor is 0 for 1 from the field.
Still in a boot
Jermaine Dixon, who is rehabilitating from September foot surgery, is still in a walking boot. He's out with his teammates taking warm-ups shooting around. In fact, he just made a shot from half-court before the team went back to the locker room. It appears his shot is in form. Now the only thing is getting that fifth matatarsal to heal.
Some pre game notes
This is a dress rehearsal for the team, and sports information director Greg Hotchkiss is treating it the same way. He produced some gameday notes. Everyone knows how much productivity the Panthers lost from last season with the graduation of three senior starters and the early departure of DeJuan Blair to the NBA, but Hotchkiss broke it down by the numbers:
Category Percent returning
Last year's starters 20 percent
Last year's total starts 21 percent
Team's top 10 in minutes played 60 percent
Total minutes played 42 percent
Points scored 34 percent
Field goals made 32 percent
Field goal attempts 35 percent
3-point field goals made 47 percent
3-point field goal attempts 48 percent
Offenisve rebounds 22 percent
Defensive rebounds 39 percent
Total rebounds 33 percent
Personal fouls 52 percent
Assists 40 percent
Turnovers 45 percent
Blocked shots 40 percent
Steals 47 percent
OK, folks, first post of the night. For those hoping to see the new and improved Dwight Miller you'll be disappointed. He is sick and will not play in the scrimmage. Also walk-on Tim Frye has an injury and is not expected to play. And of course, Jermaine Dixon (foot injury) will not dress.
There will be two 16-minute halves with a five-minute intermission, and players will switch teams throughout the game, so don't be concerned with a final score. This is more to see how every player plays with and against each other. It's what the coaches see every day in practice. We get to see it with the lights on tonight. Here is how they're breaking up the teams to start: Blue: Travon Woodall, Chase Adams, Lamar Patterson, Talib Zanna and Gary GcGhee. Gold: Ashton Gibbs, Nick Rivers (new walk-on), Brad Wanamaker, Nasir Robinson, Dante Taylor and JJ Richardson. More later.
I'll be blogging live from the Blue-Gold scrimmage tonight, the first chance for Pitt's young freshmen to show what they have. I'll let you know what's going on and how everyone looks. The opening tip is 7 p.m. from the Petersen Events Center.