NEW YORK — On Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden, Jeff Capel’s Pitt Panthers came into the world’s most famous arena and shocked St. John’s, winning 59-57 in a nail-biter.
With the game tied and just 8.1 seconds remaining, Pitt had the chance to make a season-changing play. It once again needed somebody to step up in crunch time and finish the job.
Jamarius Burton finished the job.
Burton took the ball coast to coast, pulling up for a mid-range jumper for the win.
Jamarius Burton, game winner. pic.twitter.com/9caLkNUEp9
— George Michalowski (@MichalowskiCBB) December 18, 2021
Burton had won it for Pitt, and capped off an incredible 20-point performance on the biggest stage in college hoops.
With the win, Pitt improved to 4-7 on the year.
In front of his hometown crowd at The Garden, the Staten Island native Gueye lit up the score sheet for Pitt, finishing with a season-high 15 points.
After only playing six minutes in the first half due to early foul trouble, John Hugley could never quite get things going offensively for Pitt. He finished the game with just 7 points on 2-for-7 shooting from the field.
Pitt delivered an early shock to St. John’s team that came out flat in the first half, heading into the locker room trailing 34-31. In that half, the Panthers were led by Gueye, with 7 points, as well as Odukale and Burton, who each contributed with 6 points in the opening frame.
Through 20 minutes from The Garden.
— Pitt Basketball (@Pitt_MBB) December 18, 2021
St. John’s was led by Dylan Addae-Wusu, who finished with 12 points.
The Red Storm’s leading scorer on the year, Julian Champagnie, did not play due to a positive COVID-19 test prior to the game.
Pitt’s next game comes on Tuesday, Dec. 21 when it will host Jacksonville at 2 p.m. at the Petersen Events Center. That game will be televised on ACCN Extra and live on the air on 93.7 The Fan.