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: