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Pitt beats Lehigh 78-53 in NIT Season Tip-Off

Associated Press

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PITTSBURGH – Tray Woodall scored a season-high 23 points and Talib Zanna tied a career-high with 20 as Pittsburgh crushed Lehigh 78-53 in the NIT Season Tip-Off on Tuesday night.


Woodall added eight assists for the Panthers (3-0), who will play Michigan in the tournament semifinals next week.


Pitt kept Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum in check for most of the night. The senior preseason All-American finished with 17 points .


The Mountain Hawks (1-2) hung tough during the first half but had no answer during a 21-5 burst by Pitt early in the second half.


Zanna scored seven straight points during the run while Woodall sandwiched layups around a basket by Steven Adams as Pitt turned a 35-32 lead into a comfortable 56-37 cushion.


Lehigh, which upset Duke in last year’s NCAA tournament, shot just 32 percent in the second half.


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