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Tough Night from Free-Throw Line Costs Pitt Against Georgia Tech

Tough Night from Free-Throw Line Costs Pitt Against Georgia Tech

Pitt lost its 10th straight game on Wednesday, a 73-65 loss to Georgia Tech that was one of the more frustrating for the Panthers in there current losing streak.

Facing a Yellow Jackets team that had lost seven straight coming into the contest, Pitt stumbled through the first half, trailing by as many as 18 points.

A furious comeback ensued, but the Panthers were let down by their performance at the free-throw line. They were awarded 38 foul shots, but made just 20 of them for a 52.6 percent success rate. Pitt entered the game shooting 71 percent from the free-throw line this season.

Jared Wilson-Frame had 19 points, mostly on 5 of 10 from 3-point range, to lead the Panthers. Xavier Johnson had 15 points but was 7 of 12 from the free-throw line.

It was a below-average shooting night for the Panthers all around, as Pitt hit 19 of 57 (33 percent) from the floor.

Yellow Jackets guard Jose Alvarado scored 29 points on 9 of 13 shooting to lead Georgia Tech to victory.

A contributing factor to Pitt’s lack of shooting success was the Yellow Jackets’ ability to block shots. James Banks III blocked five and Moses Wright blocked four of Georgia Tech’s 12 total blocks. Pitt had just one.

Up next, Pitt will host Clemson at Petersen Events Center on Wednesday, Feb. 27.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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