TribLIVE

| Sports

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Pitt's Adams, Robinson so-so in Big East debut

ACC Videos

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Cincinnati's Sean Kilpatrick scores past Pitt's Steven Adams in the second half Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at Petersen Events Center.

Disappointing debut

Pitt freshmen Steven Adams and James Robinson lose in Big East opener:

Player FG-FGA FT-FTA Pts. Reb. Asst.

Adams 0-0 0-0 0 9 1

Robinson 2-6 3-6 7 1 2

Kevin Gorman podcasts

  • Loading...

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, 12:31 a.m.
 

The Big East debut of Pitt freshmen Steven Adams and James Robinson was much like the outcome, a mixed bag of results that saw promise early and struggles late.

Adams, the 7-foot center from New Zealand, had a game-high nine rebounds but was held scoreless and encountered foul trouble in Pitt's 70-61 loss to No. 8 Cincinnati on Monday at Petersen Events Center.

Robinson, the 6-foot-3 point guard from Maryland's DeMatha Catholic, scored seven points in 27 minutes but dealt with foul trouble and free-throw woes.

“We instilled in the younger guys that, obviously, the competition is going to be a lot better,” Pitt fifth-year senior guard Tray Woodall said. “It definitely prepares them for the rest of the season.”

Neither Adams nor Robinson were made available for interviews.

That didn't stop Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin from raving about their play against the Bearcats.

Robinson made 2 of 6 shots from the field but only 3 of 6 free throws. More importantly, he handled Cincinnati's full-court pressure like a pro, finishing with two assists and one turnover against an experienced Bearcats backcourt.

“James Robinson plays like he's 30,” Cronin said. “I say that as a compliment. Very poised. To play a game against us and have only one turnover, the way we come at you. ...”

Adams, meantime, never attempted a shot. Not that Pitt coach Jamie Dixon planned it that way.

“I thought he did some good things,” Dixon said. “We ran a lot of sets to get him the ball, but we didn't execute well enough.”

Adams, however, dominated the boards in his 24 minutes, grabbing eight in the first half alone.

“He's a big, strong guy,” Cronin said. “His offense, I'm sure, will develop in time. We struggled to box him out.”

Although Adams didn't make any scoring contributions, his absence was felt after he picked up his third and fourth personal fouls in a 32-second span midway through the second half. Cincinnati turned a 47-43 lead into a 58-53 advantage before Adams returned.

“I think both of those guys played tough, how we wanted them to play,” Woodall said. “As a team, we didn't have a great game. The best is yet to come for both of those guys.”

Kevin Gorman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at kgorman@tribweb.com or 412-320-7812.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Pitt

  1. Pitt, McConnell-Serio agree to new contract through 2020-21 season
  2. Panthers freshmen give back, visit Mel Blount Youth Home
  3. Akron defensive lineman Hargrove commits to Pitt
  4. Pitt’s Blair faces court date on DUI charge
  5. Preseason honors piling up for former Pitt tackle Bisnowaty