Pittsburgh closed the first half on a 13-2 run to carry a 33-28 lead into the break against St. John's in the first round of the Big East Tournament.
The Panthers, the tournament's No. 13 seed, are being led in scoring by senior Ashton Gibbs' 15 points. Gibbs is 4-of-9 from the field and 3-of-7 from beyond the arc. Likely Big East Rookie of the Year Moe Harkless leads the way for 12th-seeded St. John's with 13 points.
This is the second meeting between these two teams in less than a week. Pitt hosted the Red Storm last Wednesday and prevailed with a 89-69 blowout victory. Jamie Dixon's teams have won six of their last seven meetings with St. John's.
The winner of this game will face No. 5 Georgetown in the second round on Wednesday afternoon.