No. 17 Pitt escapes with narrow victory over La Salle

Long Beach State showed the formula for knocking off Pittsburgh at the Petersen Events Center.

Nasir Robinson wouldn't let the fiesty La Salle Explorers follow suit.

The veteran forward scored 17 points with six rebounds and Travon Woodall added 12 points and 10 boards, as the 17th-ranked Panthers overcame an off shooting night from star guard Ashton Gibbs to down La Salle, 73-69.

Playing for the first time since seeing its 58-game home-court non-conference winning streak snapped against Long Beach State, the Panthers were on the ropes again, leading by a tenuous margin for nearly the entire second half.

Dante Taylor added 11 points and J.J. Moore drained three treys for the Panthers (3-1), who made 49 percent of their shots from the floor despite Gibbs' 3-for-15 shooting night. He did scored 14 points in the win.

Earl Pettis led La Salle (2-2) with 22 points and five steals, while Devon White and Sam Mills each scored 12. Leading scorer Tyreek Duren was held to nine points to go along with five assists.