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Pitt Squanders Double-Digit Second Half Lead, Falls to NC State 72-68



PITTSBURGH — Pitt came as close as possible to snapping their ACC winless streak, but couldn’t come up with shot down the stretch as the Panthers lost a heartbreaker, 72-68 to North Carolina State on Wednesday.

Pitt went 0 for 14 from 3-point range after hitting 8 of 15 from beyond the arc in the second half and NC State went on a late 13-0 run to escape with victory after it looked like the Panthers, who were 9.5-point underdogs, would come away with a victory.

Pitt held a 10-point lead at the half, their first of the season in conference play, and held a fairly consistent lead until NC State’s late lead with under four minutes remaining.

Jared Wilson-Frame led the way with a career-high 22 points as the Panthers utilized a 2-3 zone defense and a hot night shooting from outside to build their lead.

In addition to Wilson-Frame, Shamiel Stevenson was also in double figures with 11 points.

Pitt is now 8-13 and 0-8 in ACC play. Up next, the Panthers will stay at home and host Syracuse on Saturday. That game will tip off at 4 p.m.

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Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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