Pittsburgh, PA – Pittsburgh was given an unexpected test opening 26-point loss to Robert Morris.
The 10th-ranked Panthers trailed by one with five minutes remaining, but held the Broncs to just two field goals the rest of the way en route to an 86-78 victory.
Travon Woodall totaled 17 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds and hit a critical three-pointer during Pitt's game-ending 14-5 run.
The Panthers (2-0), who got 24 points from Ashton Gibbs and 22 from Nasir Robinson, have won 59 straight home games against non-conference opponents.
Anthony Myles made four of Rider's (0-2) 10 three-pointers and ended with 20 points. Daniel Stewart and Novar Gadson chipped in 18 and 17 points, respectively, in defeat.