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Slow Start Sinks Pitt at Miami

Slow Start Sinks Pitt at Miami

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Pitt and Miami tipped off at 4 p.m. at Watsco Center on the campus of the University of Miami on Sunday afternoon.

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Someone should have told the Panthers.

Miami opened the game by scoring 16 consecutive points and went on to win, 66-58.

But after no-showing the first seven minutes, Pitt didn’t make it easy on the Canes. Pitt used a pair of big comebacks to tighten the game late, but couldn’t come closer than four points in the end.

Down 16-0 early, the Panthers rattled off an 18-2 run of their own to tie the game before the end of the first half.

Miami once again built a large lead, with Kameron McGusty leading the Hurricanes with 19 points on 8 of 12 shooting. Guard Chris Lykes had 12 points on 5 of 7. But Lykes was on the bench in foul trouble when Pitt went on its big first-half run.

After Miami built a 20-point lead in the second half, Lykes collected his fourth foul and Pitt once again went on a run.

Led by sophomore guard Trey McGowens, who finished with a team-high 18 points, the Panthers charged back once again, closing all the way to within four points. Lykes fouled out with 8:09 to play.

Pitt’s second half comeback mostly happened without starting point guard Xavier Johnson on the floor. He had a season-low-tying four points in 24 minutes. Johnson had a team-high four turnovers. McGowens and Ryan Murphy, who had nine points on 4 of 12, played up top for Pitt.

Junior forward Terrell Brown was also a big contributor to the second-half run. He had 10 points, six of which were in the second half.

On the whole, the Pitt offense struggled with shot selection and shot making against an aggressive and frequently adjusting Miami defense. Pitt shot 35.9% on the night.

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Eddie Futch
Eddie Futch
4 months ago

Should have just saved the school plane fare and stayed home and taken the forfeit. They are so consistent being inconsistent. Another grueling super tough watch. Not a soul out there can tell me there was anything enjoyable about that in anyway.

Clark Martineau
Clark Martineau
4 months ago
Reply to  Eddie Futch

We got Chris Lykes out of the games. I enjoyed seeing the little hacker go. Every time we went over a pick a Miami player had his hand around our guy’s waist.

Richard Johnson
Richard Johnson
4 months ago

Pitt is in desperate need of a floor General, consistent shooters, and a rugged Center.

Pat Adonizio
Pat Adonizio
4 months ago

Seemed like we had these guys(Carr, Stewart, Ellison and Stevenson)

Kenny Tomaszewski
Kenny Tomaszewski
4 months ago
Reply to  Pat Adonizio

Carr and Stewart could both shoot. The other two proved they could not play at that level.

Pat Adonizio
Pat Adonizio
4 months ago

Carr is one of top PG’s in Big 10, Ellison vs Northwestern and Bowl Green had 16pt 7 reb, 21pt and 14 reb; and Stevenson was a freshman who has a good upside, now at Neb, had to sit=out this yr.

Clark Martineau
Clark Martineau
4 months ago
Reply to  Pat Adonizio

Misplaced loyalty to Stallings caused some players to transfer.
Stewart is the player we could have used most. A good outside shooter with height.
Stallings hurt Pitt’s program a lot, but thank goodness he’s gone and we’re coming back.

Clark Martineau
Clark Martineau
4 months ago

You feel having Lykes out of the game was the key to the surges.
I think the surges happened when Pitt’s defense improved.

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