Pittsburgh, Pa. (November 9, 2012)—The Mount St. Mary's men's basketball team opened the 2012-13 season with an 80-48 loss at Pittsburgh on Friday night. The game was the debut for first-year head coach Jamion Christian.
Mount St. Mary's started the game hot from three-point range, draining six three-pointers in the opening eight minutes to take an 18-17 lead.
The Panthers, however, answered with nine consecutive points to take the lead. Pittsburgh shot 75 percent (18-of-24) from the field in the first half, grabbing a 42-27 lead at the break.
Whack, who hit three three-pointers, led the Mount with 11 points in the first half. Talib Zanna had 12 points for Pittsburgh.
Sophomore Xavier Owens paced the Mount (0-1) with a career high 15 points. Owens was 5-for-7 from the field, including 4-of-6 from three-point range.
Whack finished with a career-high 11 points while Julian Norfleet chipped in 10 points in the loss.
Pittsburgh was led by Zanna, who hit 10-of-12 from the field for a game-high 20 points. Tray Woodall added 14 and Trey Zeigler 11 for the Panthers (1-0).
Pittsburgh shot 70.8 percent from the field in the game. The Mount shot 36.2 percent, but was 9-for-23 (.391) from three-point range.
The Mount returns to action with the home opener on Tuesday, November 13, against Hartford. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. at Knott Arena.
Game Notes: Pittsburgh is 5-0 all-time against the Mount in the series that dates back to 1912...Christian is the 22nd coach in Mount history.