By Mitchell Northam
CLEMSON, SC – The Pittsburgh Panthers left Littlejohn Arena on Thursday the same way they entered it: still searching for their first Atlantic Coast Conference victory in 2018.
No. 16 Clemson handed Pitt its 12th straight loss, handily beating the Panthers by a score of 72-48.
Kevin Stalling’s side lost again, but saw a breakout game from freshman Terrell Brown, who led all Panthers with 19 points. The 6-foot-10 forward from Providence, Rhode Island also chipped in eight rebounds and two blocks. Brown hit a three-pointer in the game’s opening moments, but tallied most of his points in the painted area, scoring on five-of-seven attempts from there.
But Brown alone could not snap the Panthers’ slump, and he didn’t have much help. No other Panther scored more than eight points. Brown was a bright spot in another sluggish night for the Panthers.
Pitt (8-17, 0-12 ACC) turned the ball over 15 times, notched just seven assists on 18 made field goals, and allowed Clemson (20-4, 9-3 ACC) to shoot 45 percent from the floor and 44 percent from three-point land.
The Tigers led by 10 points at the half, but really pulled away over a span of 111 seconds early in the second half when they swished four shots from behind the arc, capping off a run that put them up by 20 points. Three of those long makes came from Clemson senior Gabe DeVoe. He finished with 25 points.
Clemson eventually grew its lead to 28 points in the second half. The Tigers, who are in possession of second place in the ACC standings, were also led by junior forward Elijah Thomas, who had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Pitt will have another tough ACC game on Sunday, Feb. 11 when it hosts Louisville.