Red Flash land no-doubt upset over Pitt in opener

Ramiir Dixon-Conover scored a game-high 21 points Wednesday night to lead five players in double figures as Saint Francis led almost wire-to-wire in an 80-70 season-opening upset over Pittsburgh at Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh.The efficient Dixon-Conover needed just nine shot attempts to pace the Red Flash, and tacked on five rebounds and five assists. Myles Thompson added 13 points, while freshman guard Maxwell Land netted 12, Mark Flagg tallied 11 and reserve guard Ronell Giles Jr. chipped in with 10 points.Au’Diese Toney paced the Panthers with 20 points, going 8 of 11 from the field, but didn’t get enough help from his teammates. Justin Champagnie hit for 12 points and matched Toney’s seven rebounds, but made only 5 of 16 shots.Tabbed sixth in the preseason Northeast Conference poll, Saint Francis owned a 20-point lead less than three minutes into the second half on a 3-pointer by Land. The Red Flash cooled midway through the half, but were never in serious danger.Picked for a 13th-place finish in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Pittsburgh lived down to expectations by sinking only 27 of 68 shots from the field and a dreadful 6 of 24 from the 3-point line. It also committed 23 turnovers that were converted into 27 points.