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Nike Sibande Leaves Exhibition Game With Knee Injury; Status Unknown

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PITTSBURGH — During Pitt’s victory over Gannon on Monday night, the Panthers lost a key piece to injury as guard Nike Sibande went down with a knee issue in the first half.

“Not sure of the status of Nike’s injury yet,” Jeff Capel said postgame. “Hopefully we will know a little bit more tomorrow. Certainly that’s a blow for us. Depending on what happens, it could be an opportunities for others to step up.”

Sibande did not score in the game, going 0 for 1 in 7:57 of playing time.

“He said that he, earlier, he banged knees,” Capel continued. “He went knee-to-knee with someone and then tried to play through it. And then when he went on the under out of bounds to receive the pass, he came to a jump stop and his knee gave out.”

Sibande started the game, and was Pitt’s second leading returning scorer after averaging 6.9 points per game last season for the Panthers.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker

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