Pittsburgh, PA – Travon Woodall scored a career-high 25 ranked 56, in the season opener for both teams.
Ashton Gibbs, Pittsburgh's leading scorer last season, had 21 points and seven assists for the Panthers (1-0), who are trying to rebound after failing to reach the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive year.
The Panthers finished 28-6 last season and claimed their sixth Big East regular season title in school history.
Gerardo Suero was 9-of-16 from the charity stripe and led all Albany scorers with 17.
Logan Aronhalt added 13 points for the Great Danes (0-1), who posted a 9-7 mark in the America East last season.
Gibbs led all first-half scorers with 15 as the Panthers took a commanding 47-26 advantage at the break.
Pittsburgh shot 54 percent from the field, hit 13-of-22 from three and outrebounded Albany, 35-23.
The Great Danes converted just 3-of-17 from beyond the arc.
Pittsburgh won its only previous meeting with Albany in 2003, 83-54...The Panthers have won four Big East regular season titles since 2000...Pittsburgh plays its second game of a four-game homestand to open the season on Sunday against the Rider Broncs.