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UMBC Downs Pitt, 87-77, Behind 14 3-Pointers

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PITTSBURGH — On a Saturday afternoon that is loaded for Pitt athletics, the Pitt Men’s Basketball team (2-4) did not see the outcome they wanted to see.

Behind 14 three-pointers, including four each from guards Keondre Kennedy and L.J. Owens, the Retrievers were able to get out to a double-digit lead in the first half, a deficit the Panthers would be unable to overcome.

When Femi Odukale went to the bench with two personal fouls in the first half, the Panthers were leading 18-13, however, after Odukale’s exit, the Retrievers boat raced out to a 17-3 run. In the first half alone, UMBC had six different players register a three-point field goal.

While the Panthers went into the locker room down 55-44, they came out in the second half with a ferocity. Behind John Hugley’s thirteen second-half points and a clutch coast-to-coast dunk sequence by Mo Gueye, the Panthers cut the deficit to just five with a little bit over eleven lefts in the contest.

However, the relief would not last long for the Panthers. after a corner three by Kennedy, who put up 19 points on the day, UMBC extended their lead to twelve points on a sharp 7-0 run to take the wind out of the Panthers’ sails.

Hugley and Femi Odukale continued to try to will the Panthers back and combined for 40 points. Gueye’s 14 points brought the Panthers within range. However, it was no use, with the Panthers’ porous perimeter defense.

With UMBC up nine with three minutes left to go, it felt like maybe the Panthers had one last gasp within them to potentially bring it back. However, Owens hit a step-back three to extend the Retrievers’ lead to 12 with just under two minutes to deliver the dagger to Pitt.

The Panthers put up their best offensive performance of the season, including hitting 11 threes on the day. However, between 14 threes allowed and 14 turnovers committed, UMBC proved to be too much for the Panthers to overcome.

Pitt’s will welcome Minnesota to the Petersen Events Center on Tuesday, November 30th, for the Big Ten-ACC Challenge. Tip-off is scheduled to be at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Rob Radich
Rob Radich
9 months ago

Complete and utter embarrassment

Young
Young
9 months ago

Probably will not win a single game in ACC this year, and maybe next year too.

Krackerjack Kid
Krackerjack Kid
9 months ago

Big Mouth Social Justice Jeff with another humiliating loss.

The Truth
The Truth
9 months ago

I bet Pitt basketball and their Smoke & Mirrors head coach are just packing the Pete for these games.

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
9 months ago
Reply to  The Truth

Bunda, is that you?

Jessie Puggle
Jessie Puggle
9 months ago
Reply to  The Truth

That place had about 1000 people there. It was dead. They are the worst Pitt team in program history. On the flip side UMBC is a very good small conference mid major. Was nice to see a well coached veteran team slice the Pitt defense like a Christmas ham. I can see attendance getting worse too based on the militant civil rights intrusion perpetrated by the staff there. The Pete has the mask Nazi ushers. Blind fools following blindly the government narrative.. Funny you can go to an NBA game in Cleveland and no mask or virus there.

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
9 months ago
Reply to  Jessie Puggle

Funny but you can’t go to 76ers game in Philly without a mask. PA differs from Ohio. You can call them all the ridiculous names that you want but the staff at the Pete & Wells Fargo Center have no say in this.

Jessie Puggle
Jessie Puggle
9 months ago
Reply to  Mark Recker

Mark, they don’t have to Nazis about it. I was there with my kids in a section by ourselves and they were enforcing it like it was life or death. It was overboard. One thing you can not debate me on is this is the worst Pitt team in the schools history.

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
9 months ago
Reply to  Jessie Puggle

We’ll see if they are the worst. They have to lose every conference game to match year 2 of Stallings & I just don’t see that happening. I have not been to a game at the Pete this year but at last weeks volleyball game vs. Louisville the Fitz crew made sure fans were wearing masks at the door but approximately a quarter of them either removed them or pulled them down below their chin once the match started.

Jessie Puggle
Jessie Puggle
9 months ago
Reply to  Mark Recker

I have been to every home game and at the WVU game. They have no shooting, no perimeter defense, and they are poorly coached. They will lose every ACC game by a minimum of 10 points. Stallings team would blow this group out if they played. This is spoken by a true fan that watches and goes to all the games.

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
9 months ago
Reply to  Jessie Puggle

Congrats on going to all the games but who cares? Doesn’t make you an expert. In fact, your many posts on here by your multiple personalities make your claim of being a “true fan” laughable. I say they will not lose every conference game. One of us will be right.

Jessie Puggle
Jessie Puggle
9 months ago
Reply to  Mark Recker

How do you know I am not an expert? I can tell bad basketball when I see it. The team is the worst in program history.The coach can’t control his players and all the good players leave. This team has a chance to win two games left on the schedule. That is against Colgate and Jacksonville. Monmouth will blow them out and Colgate should be favored as well, but that will a nail biter I am sure.

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
9 months ago
Reply to  Jessie Puggle

Colgate will be favored? Yeah, you’re an expert. I don’t think you even go to the games. Hopefully you gave the points tonight. Sucker bet if there ever was one.

Jessie Puggle
Jessie Puggle
9 months ago
Reply to  Mark Recker

They lost. They stink. And Colgate will win. I go to the games and will be in Charlotte for the football game.

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
9 months ago
Reply to  Jessie Puggle

And yet you posted on here 4 hours ago….. during tonight’s game. Mr. Rogers used to say “it’s fun when we pretend.”

Lorin Flickinger
Lorin Flickinger
9 months ago

When will Pitt make the change at head coach of basketball? This is obviously not working. This could be a 20 loss season..What happened to Pitt basketball? They play no defense on a team that can’t shoot 3 pointers or go inside.

Dukes

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