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Capel: ‘We Have to Move On’ After One Point Loss to Notre Dame

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The disappointment was evident across Pitt Men’s Basketball coach Jeff Capel’s face discussing a second consecutive ACC contest in which his team lost by one point, this latest defeat coming Wednesday to Notre Dame at the Petersen Events Center.

Up eight points, Pitt set up a play that quickly unraveled and despite a brief recovery, Onyebuchi Ezeakudo lost control of the ball and fell to the floor as Cormac Ryan stole the ball.

On the other end, Notre Dame started to gain some confidence on its three-point shots as Prentiss Hubb sank two deep balls, one of which came after William Jeffress missed a reasonably open look of his own. All of a sudden, what could have been a 10-point lead, was down to two.

“Momentum has shifted,” Capel said. “We can’t afford to have those breakdowns. Did we play well enough to win? We did… but we can’t have those breakdowns against guys that shoot the basketball as well as they did.”

Offensively, it appeared that Pitt was more connected, shooting 45.1% from the field and also limited its turnovers to six, four of those were due to charging fouls.

Capel stated that he felt his team executed and did so with pace, which led to the believe that it could get whatever Pitt wanted. With some perimeter shots falling, the offense appeared to do enough to get an ACC victory.

“It’s tough but you have to move onto the next play,” said Capel. “You have to try to teach, we’re young and have a lot of inexperience at this level. We have to keep showing up every day and get better. We got a good bounce at St. John’s and that didn’t happen tonight. We have to move on.”

THAT MOMENTUM CHANGE

The eight-point Pitt advantage was the largest either side had all evening, and the finish was similar in a lot of ways to the Virginia loss, though Hubb’s heroics in the closing seconds were far more dramatic, and were part of a 6-for-10 performance from deep for Notre Dame in the second half.

“They just started hitting shots, and we weren’t locked in defensively how we should be,” Pitt sophomore forward John Hugley said. “Basically we tried to take away as many three-point shots as we could, try to get them more as drivers. We didn’t want to help too much on drives, because as you could see, they could kick out to the corner for three.”

In the final 7:22 of game action, Notre Dame made all five of its three-point shots, showing why it is ranked 30th in the country with regards to its offensive efficiency.

Capel described Notre Dame as making you pay, specifically when it comes to deep shots and Pitt’s inconsistency with its switches and overhelp in penetration, led to three-point baskets, specifically from the corner.

“They really chased us off the arc until the last five minutes, then we finally got some looks,” Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. “We were just kind of playing, ball screening, driving and kicking. It took 35 minutes to loosen their defense up because they are so athletic.”

AN ‘INTERESTING COMMENT’

Hugley spoke for less than two minutes following the loss, but one remark he made seemed to catch Capel’s ear.

Assessing the loss, Hugley said this defeat hurt but showed Pitt can compete with any team. Capel expressed a firm belief in his team and wants to see the same across the board.

“You have to have the confidence that we are good, and we can win,” he said. “I’ve told our guys I think we can win every game we play. I think we can lose every game we play, that’s the line. We have to understand the things that are necessary for us to win these kinds of games. Then you have to do it every possession, and that’s difficult. That’s why winning is hard at any level, especially in our league.”

Now Capel believes it comes down to teaching and he hopes that his team can put it together and figure it out.

“We’ve been in enough of these where hopefully it starts to seep in where we don’t have the breakdowns,” said Capel. “Not taking anything away from (Notre Dame), but there are some things we could have done a little better to put us in a better position. They got into a rhythm like that, and we couldn’t break it.”

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Narloser
Narloser
9 months ago

We Can Only Hope He Moves On . And Soon!

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
9 months ago
Reply to  Narloser

Sturgloser should be your next fake name. You’re welcome.

Narloser
Narloser
9 months ago
Reply to  Mark Recker

Still Stocking Guys On Message Boards? You Should Change Your Name To Rectum Seeker! You’re Welcome.

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
9 months ago
Reply to  Narloser

I’m replying to a mental patient who posts nonsense 24/7 because he has no life. You’re the one who seems to be obsessed with men’s rectums….. at 4:30 am no less. You are the definition of a psychopath.

Narloser
Narloser
9 months ago
Reply to  Mark Recker

Jerry Jr’s Back. Part Of The Sandusky Clan. Done Bobbing On The Knob Already? You Old Cum Guzzler!

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
9 months ago
Reply to  Narloser

Interesting that after I accuse another one of your fake accounts of being a psu fan & one of Jerry’s kids that you post this which confirms that you’re also Section 122. Also confirms your obsession with men’s rectums & nobs.

Narloser
Narloser
9 months ago
Reply to  Mark Recker

Off Your Medication Markie? Go Guzzle Down Some More Man Juice!

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
9 months ago
Reply to  Narloser

Rectums & man juice are obviously your thing Sturg. Also capitalizing every word is a clear sign of mental illness. Seek help now!

Narloser
Narloser
9 months ago
Reply to  Mark Recker

Hey Markie, What Do You See When You Look In The Mirror? Having A Break Down Markie? Maybe You Should Think About Seeking Some Help Markie!

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
9 months ago
Reply to  Narloser

A crazy person calling someone crazy. Too funny Narrectum.

Narloser
Narloser
9 months ago
Reply to  Mark Recker

Markie The Guys In The White Suits Will Be Their Soon. Hang On, Helps On The way. Wacko Bird!!

Narloser
Narloser
9 months ago
Reply to  Mark Recker

Markie You Shouldn’t Type Words You Don’t Know The Meaning Of.

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
9 months ago
Reply to  Narloser

Wacko Bird! Ouch! Sick burn Rectum man. And when add that ie to the end of my name, I just don’t know how I’ll ever recover Sturg.

Narloser
Narloser
9 months ago
Reply to  Mark Recker

Meltdown Markie, Still Hearing The Voices?

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
9 months ago
Reply to  Narloser

Wait, nothing about men’s rectums in your post. Are you feeling alright Sturg?

Narloser
Narloser
9 months ago
Reply to  Mark Recker

You Miserable Little Pussy. Some Life You Lead. On Message Boards All Day Acting Like A Mental Giant! You Pathetic Loser! Other Then Your Mom, Have You Ever Gotten A Piece Of Ass? Didn’t Think So. Go Suck On Your Mommies Tit!

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
9 months ago
Reply to  Narloser

Why so angry Narrectum? Is your rectum hurting from last night? Heard that every time you drink champagne you wake up with a sore rectum. Maybe you should get your rectum checked .After you get your rectum looked at, swing by Western Psych & ask for your usual room..

Narloser
Narloser
9 months ago
Reply to  Mark Recker

Go Fuck Your Mommy Again While Your Daddy Beats Off In The Corner Head Case!! Markie Rectum The Mental Giant ! Pussy!!

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
9 months ago
Reply to  Narloser

You really need to stop watching so much incest porn Narrectum. In addition to making you a raging lunatic, it seems to be having a dangerous effect on your deteriorating brain.

Katman
Katman
9 months ago

Get some legitimate division 1 players for a start……only one of these players should be on scholarship to an ACC program

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
9 months ago
Reply to  Katman

Which one Sturg?

Jessie Puggle
Jessie Puggle
9 months ago
Reply to  Katman

They just don’t have depth. Odukale and Hugley are going to be very good players. The portal transfers Gueye and Burton are good, too. They lost 2 1 point games to ACC teams so I think you are being way too harsh.

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
9 months ago
Reply to  Jessie Puggle

Your multiple personalities are arguing with one another. This can’t be good for society. Seek help now!

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