March 30, 2012 – The College Basketball Invitational tournament ended on March 30 and the Pittsburgh Panthers won the CBI title by knocking off the Washington State Cougars, 71-65.
Tray Woodall led the Panthers with 17 points while Lamar Patterson had 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists, earning the tournament’s Most Valuable Player award. Patterson averaged 11.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists during the series
“This season wasn’t a great season,” Woodall said. “We just wanted to finish on a high note. We all wanted to play more games. We didn’t want to end our season on a low note.”
Pittsburgh finished the season without their leading player Ashton Gibbs, who ended the year with an ankle injury. However, the Panthers scored what they needed in order to beat the Cougars in the CBI finals. Reggie Moore led Washington State with 18 points
“It’s obviously not the tournament we’re used to being in but we battled and the kids wanted to do more this year,” Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon said. “They didn’t feel they had done what they set out to do.”
Pittsburgh finished the season with a 22-17 record but fell short in the always tough Big East and accepted the lower tournament invitation as a result. Pittsburgh will soon leave the Big East for the ACC, with the scheduled change for the 2014 seasons.
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