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Postgame Reaction after Justin Champagnie’s Return Powered Pitt Past Syracuse



PITTSBURGH — It appeared briefly that the big news of the day for Pitt basketball on Saturday was that sophomore wing Justin Champagnie was back from a knee injury two weeks earlier than expected in the team’s matinee game against Syracuse at Petersen Events Center.

That was quickly surpassed by just what Champagnie was able to accomplish in that game, as the sophomore wing was everywhere for Pitt, throwing down huge dunks, grabbing rebounds and generally dominating Syracuse up and down the floor in what became a 96-76 win over the Orange.

Champagnie finished with 24 points and 16 rebounds while playing 34 minutes.

“Once I grabbed the first dunk, I knew I was back,” Champagnie said.

Hear more from Champagnie, Pitt head coach Jeff Capel and guard Ithiel Horton after the Panthers’ victory:

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Clark Martineau
Clark Martineau
1 year ago

I’m amazed at how fast Champagnie has returned from injury, and to be able to get dunks and blocks first game back, wow!
Johnson is scoring and getting terrific assists. Passing is improved for the whole team.
Toney continues his great defense and scoring. Horton showing his scoring now.
Hard to believe Udokale is a freshman

1 year ago

I see Justin getting paid to play basketball next year. Sorry we were unable to see his accomplishments in person this year.

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