No. 5 Pittsburgh 97,
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ashton Gibbs scored 24 points, Brad Wanamaker added 17 and No. 5 Pittsburgh opened an 18-point lead midway through the first half while cruising to its second victory in three nights, drubbing Illinois-Chicago on Wednesday night.
The Panthers (2-0) didn’t need long to take control in the 2K Sports Classic game against the Flames (0-1), a Horizon League member coming off an 8-22 season.
Wanamaker had a driving layup, two pull-up jumpers and a 3-pointer in the opening seven minutes as Pitt opened leads of 9-2, 14-4 and 22-6 against Illinois-Chicago, which was playing its first game under new coach Howard Moore, a former Wisconsin assistant.
Pitt made it 26-8 on Gibbs’ two free throws with 9:37 remaining in the half, allowing coach Jamie Dixon to spread playing time among 10 players as he looks for an effective rotation.
K.C. Robbins scored 12 points for the Flames, 1-16 on the road the last two seasons.
No. 13 Illinois 84,
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Senior guard Demetri McCamey scored 13 points to lead Illinois in the second round of the 2K Sports Classic.
McCamey was 3 for 4 from beyond the arc and had 11 points in the first half as the Illini (2-0) opened a 47-18 lead. He played only 18 minutes and finished with seven assists. Mike Davis added 12 points and six rebounds for Illinois.
Delino Dear scored 11 points for the Rockets (0-1), who have lost 33 straight road games and 49 of their last 50.
The Illini were 20 for 33 (60.6 percent) in the first half, including going 5 for 11 from behind the arc (45.5 percent).