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Pitt Alums Jamel Artis, Ryan Luther Advance in TBT

Pitt Alums Jamel Artis, Ryan Luther Advance in TBT

Pitt alumni Jamel Artis and Ryan Luther are moving on in the 2020 The Basketball Tournament, after their respective teams earned opening-round victories on Sunday.

Artis, playing for Sideline Cancer, had seven points and five rebounds on the way to a 93-91 victory over Team Hines when Marcus Keene (Youngstown State/Central Michigan) hit a game-winning jump shot.


Former Pitt wing Gilbert Brown was on the losing side of the first-round matchup, scoring six points and recording four assists for Team Hines.

Sideline Cancer is a Hollidaysburg, Pa.-based team that was seeded No. 22 in the 24-team bracket. They will move on to play Challenge ALS on Tuesday at 2 p.m.

Luther suited up for Herd That, a team mostly populated with Marshall alumni that was supposed to play Best Virginia, a team of West Virginia alumni, before it pulled out of the tournament after a positive COVID-19 test.

Against the fill-in Peoria All-Stars, Luther had seven points and four rebounds as Herd That rolled to an 80-65 win. Herd That, the No. 23 seed in the bracket, will face The Money Team in the second round, a squad sponsored by professional boxer Floyd Mayweather. That game is scheduled for Thursday at 2 p.m.

In addition to Brown, Pitt alum Gary McGhee had his tournament end after one game. McGhee’s Heartfire dropped an 83-79 decision to Men of Mackey, a Purdue alumni team.

Former Robert Morris Colonials Karvel Anderson and Marcquise Reed also saw their tournaments end after a 98-91 loss for Power of the Paw to Armored Athlete. Anderson had 14 points and two rebounds. Reed scored five points and grabbed two rebounds.

All of the games of the 2020 TBT are being played in Columbus, Ohio and broadcast on ESPN networks.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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