Wilson-Frame’s 20 points lead Pitt past VMI, 94-55
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pitt senior Jared Wilson-Frame came off the bench for 20 points as Pittsburgh out-raced VMI, 94-55 on Friday night.
From the very beginning of the game, Wilson-Frame was a weapon from the outside. After the Keydets (1-1) scored the first basket of the game, Wilson-Frame hit a trip of 3-pointers as Pitt (2-0) raced out on a 19-3 run. He also hitting a leaning, long-range 3-pointer just before the first-half buzzer to send the Panthers into the break with an 18-point lead.
He finished shooting 5 of 9 from 3-point range and 6 of 10 overall. It was the fifth time he scored 20 points or more in his Pitt career.
Wilson-Frame was joined on the outside by freshmen Xavier Johnson, who scored 14 points and had 10 assists for his first career double-double and Au’Diese Toney, who also had 14 to go with a team-high eight rebounds.
VMI sophomore Bubba Parham continued his offensive outburst. The reigning Southern Conference freshman of the year scored 16 after putting up 23 in VMI’s season opener.
Pitt played with a full complement after Wilson-Frame was suspended for the season opener. He worked into the rotation off the bench, with Toney starting for the second straight game. Wilson-Frame played 23 minutes, while Toney played 22.
VMI continued its early season proclivity to look for the long ball. The Keydets attempted 31 3-pointers in its season opener and launched another 25. They’ve done so despite the absence of starting guards Austin Vereen (wrist) and and Jordan Ratliffe (knee).
Pitt will continue its five-game homestand against Troy on Monday.
VMI will host Division III Goucher College on Sunday.