Pitt’s bench scored more than half of the team’s points Wednesday night and helped the Panthers to a much-needed 58-43 victory at Villanova. The reserves contributed 31 points. Durand Johnson and Trey Zeigler each scored 13 points, Dante Taylor three and J.J. Moore two.
The reserves were 11 for 21 from the field while the starters were 7 for 28.
“Me and Durand are scorers and we took advantage of the minutes we had,” Zeigler said after the game. “The more minutes we have, the more comfortable we feel. We just tried to give our team a boost. We were struggling to score. We’re guys who can be instant offense.”
Johnson was 3 for 6 from 3-point range and accounted for all of Pitt’s shots from behind the arc.
Zeigler was 6 for 10 from the field and made several big plays in the final five minutes when the Panthers pulled away.
“He’s a new guy,” coach Jamie Dixon said. “It’s taken some time. Hopefully, this is his time.”
Pitt’s next game is Saturday against Connecticut at the Petersen Events Center.
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