Pittsburgh — The Detroit Titans took their first lead of the game nearly five minutes into the second half after the Pittsburgh Panthers led by double-digits in the first. The run out of the half solicited a timeout from Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon.
It was then that Dixon switched his team into a zone defense, which spurred a 22-3 stretch the Panthers used to take control of Friday’s game and coast to a 95-79 victory against Detroit.
“We made them take contested jump shots,” Dixon said of the zone. “We didn’t let them get in the paint and that was big. We got some deflections, we got some steals and we didn’t get hurt on the glass out of the zone and that’s obviously the most important thing to us.”
Pitt trailed 53-52 after Detroit’s 12-6 run to start the second half. The Panthers limited the Titans to six field goals and outscored them 43-26 during the game’s final 15 minutes.
“When they went to the zone it got us standing and really took our momentum and our aggressiveness away,” Detroit head coach Ray McCallum said.
Michael Young scored a game-high 21 points to lead Pitt (2-0). Ryan Luther notched his first career double-double with a career-high 15 points and 11 rebounds off the bench while Jamel Artis scored 15 points and Sheldon Jeter chipped in 10 in reserve.
“I love having people who can come in and contribute,” Young said. “I really like this group and I think this group is special.”
Anton Wilson paced Detroit (1-1) with 20 points, Jaleel Hogan had 16 and Carlton Brundidge scored 12 for the Titans.
Pitt held Detroit scoreless for the game’s first three minutes and took an early 7-0 lead. The Titans scored two baskets in 15 seconds to pull within 7-5.
Pitt led by as many as 13 points in the first half but Detroit, behind Wilson’s scoring efforts, used a 16-4 run to cut its deficit to a point with six minutes to play. The Panthers led 46-41 at halftime.
(At) Eastern Michigan 79, Siena Heights 34: Willie Mangum IV scored 29 points and Eastern Michigan rolled. Mangum, a junior college transfer, shot 12 of 15 from the floor. Brandon Nazione scored 14 points to go along with 11 rebounds for his second double-double this season.
The Eagles (2-1) were 31 of 59 from the floor for 52.5 percent, better than their free-throw percentage of 51.9 (14 of 27).
The Saints (3-3), an NAIA team, had no one score in double figures, making just 13 of 61 shots for 21.3 percent, including 2 of 22 from 3-point range. They turned the ball over 25 times, 15 coming on steals.
The Saints held a 7-6 lead before being outscored 33-5 the rest of the half as the Eagles took a 39-12 lead at the break. Eastern Michigan scored the first 15 points of the second half.
(At) No. 3 Maryland 65, Rider 58: Jake Layman had 11 points and 11 rebounds as Maryland (3-0) rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit.
(At) Georgetown 71, Wisconsin 61: Isaac Copeland scored 15 as Georgetown (1-2) avoided the worst start in school history. Nigel Hayes scored 22 for Wisconsin (2-2).
Texas-Arlington 73, (at) Ohio State 68: Kevin Hervey scored 18 as Texas-Arlington (2-1) handed Ohio State its first loss.
(At) No. 8 Maryland 97, Detroit 41: Maryland coach Brenda Frese earned her 400th career win.
Freshman Kiah Gillespie had 18 points to lead the Terrapins (3-0), who have won their first three games of the season by an average of 50 points.
Brene Moseley had 13 points and 10 assists and Kristen Confroy added 12 points for Maryland, which had six players score in double figures.
Rosanna Reynolds scored 15 points and Nicole Urbanick added 10 for Detroit (0-3), which became the first team this season to hold Maryland to fewer than 100 points.
Frese was honored for the milestone with a postgame video. It offered congratulations from former mentor and Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly, Maryland coach Mark Turgeon and former Terp and WNBA player Marissa Coleman, among others.