Detroit guard Ray McCallum had 17 points in the first half of Saturday night’s game against Pitt and was the main reason the Titans held a 37-29 at the intermission.
Coach Jamie Dixon had a problem, and he knew it. Dixon’s defensive stopper, freshman point guard James Robinson, wasn’t holding up against the quick and elusive McCallum.
So at the beginning of the second half, Dixon started sophomore Cameron Wright and switched him onto McCallum.
Detroit did not score for almost seven minutes top open the half and Pitt got right back in the game. McCallum did not score until 10:14 remained in the game.
Wright played a huge part in Pitt’s comeback victory and Dixon talked about his contributions afterward.
“The main thing is he is in there to defend,” Dixon said. “I thought he did a good job and has done a good job. He’s a good piece in what we’re trying to do. He’s getting better. I told him afterward that I’m gaining confidence more and more confidence in him. He’s really playing with more confidence right now.”
In addition to his defensive contributions, Wright had six points and four rebounds in 17 minutes.
Wright’s offense has been much improved, particularly his 3-point shooting. Last season as a freshman, he was 3 for 18 from behind the arc and averaged 2.2 points and 1.6 rebounds per game. This season he is is 3 for 4from 3-point range and averaging 4.6 points and 1.9 boards per game.
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