Jamie Dixon isn't used to Pittsburgh having much trouble early in the season, and his team's latest uneven performance left him with plenty of concerns.
The ninth-ranked Panthers hope to put a closer-than-expected victory behind them and continue their November dominance at the Petersen Events Center on Wednesday night against Long Beach State.
Pitt (2-0) rolled past Albany 89-56 in its season opener on Friday, hitting 13 of 22 3-pointers and looking every bit like a Final Four contender as its starting backcourt of Ashton Gibbs and Travon Woodall combined for 46 points.
Two days later, the Panthers more closely resembled the team that's made its share of early exits from the NCAA tournament under Dixon's watch. Down by as many as six midway through the second half against Rider, Pitt needed a game-closing 16-5 run to escape with an 86-78 victory.
"We're always concerned this time of year,'' said Dixon, whose program is 41-0 in non-conference November home games since the Peters...