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Pittsburgh Panthers beat Boston College Eagles 69-67 to Win First ACC Game

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The Pittsburgh Panthers (6-9, 1-3 ACC) won their first conference game of the season 69-67, defeating the Boston College Eagles (6-7, 1-2 ACC) at the Petersen Events Center on Saturday, Jan. 8.

John Hugley did it all for the Panthers in the first half, scoring 19 points and drawing five fouls, along with five rebounds and two steals.

Eagles guard Jaeden Zackery sank a corner three to make it 7-2 three minutes into the game, forcing Pitt head coach Jeff Capel to call a timeout. 

The Panthers responded with a 9-2 run that included back-to-back three pointers by John Hugley and Mouhamadou Gueye.

Trailing 12-11 midway through the opening frame, Boston College scored 12 unanswered before

Hugley spent 1:44 on an 8-0 streak of his own. Hugley tied the game at 26 with a pair of free throws, but Eagles guard Brevin Galloway took over late with two three pointers and a layup on the way to a 36-32 halftime lead.

The second half started slow as both teams struggled to make shots. Boston College big men James Karnik and Quinten Post earned their fourth fouls of the game, and the Panthers saw success attacking the paint against a smaller lineup on the way to a 52-44 lead, their largest of the night.

Karnik came back in an attempt to stop the bleeding, but promptly fouled out with just over ten minutes to go.

The Eagles went on a 12-4 run to tie the game at 56 with 5:18 left, aided by four Panthers shooting fouls.

Femi Odukale fouled out with 2:09 to go as the Panthers clung to a 64-61 lead. Eagles guard Makai Ashton-Langford made a three pointer to tie the game 30 seconds later.

Post fouled out with 1:02 remaining, and Hugley made both of his free throws on the way to a 66-64 lead.

The Eagles pulled within one, but Hugley made another free throw to take a 69-67 lead with 4.3 to go as the Panthers hung on to win.

 

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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richard ellison
richard ellison
19 days ago

theyll be lucky to win 10 games in the Acc til this team comes together an play . PLus theyre so thin depth wise no help off the bench if foul trouble appears. Its has to more than Hugley ,no one else is stepping up to help. Fans need to stop wanting Capel gone give this coach a chance to get this foundation under them. Its not his fault players dont wanna come here . I feel this staff needs to go recurit lot of 3 star players like Baylor done to rebuild an wanna be here too build a… Read more »

Send it in !
Send it in !
18 days ago

10 wins in the ACC. Surely you jest. Capel has had 4 years and we’re still more than likely a last place or near last place team.

TMG
TMG
19 days ago

There is noooo pleasing you!

nice win fellas, enjoy it. H2P

Bill Testa
Bill Testa
19 days ago
Reply to  TMG

Any conference win is a good one. They have improved as the season has gone on. This is an above .500 team with Horton and Sibande. That killed their depth. They have been competitive in every conference game.

Clark Martineau
Clark Martineau
19 days ago

I hate playing teams like BC. They foul on every play and get away with a most of them.
Hugley was just too strong for the BC big men.
Also, we need a play for in bounds with under ten seconds left. This isn’t the first time a guard has streaked across the court and turned the corner to the basket.

Mtgj
Mtgj
19 days ago

Nice win. Although the team is undermanned they play hard and deserved this win. I agree that we should all give capel more time. I think capel has been very unlucky with some transfers and with the hughley situation last year.
If hughley plays last year that entire season could have been different and in turn this year could be a lot different, unfortunately it happened and now he are again 1-2 years away from having a legit team, but I would much rather see how capel does rather than bringing in another guy.

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Send it in !
18 days ago

This was one of the few ACC games, that was winnable, before the season even started.
But they had a real hard time, holding serve, even at Home. BC had a not hard shot to win at the end, so not exactly a convincing win. But a W keeps them out of last place for the time being.

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
18 days ago
Reply to  Send it in !

The gutless Greensburg geriatric who doesn’t even watch the games weighing in. You don’t know what you’re talking about.

Bill Testa
Bill Testa
18 days ago
Reply to  Send it in !

Without Sibande and Horton all of their depth is gone and their top two returners are out for the season. Any ACC win is a good one. There are no easy wins in this league. With better D against ND and without a fast 5 second count by a corrupt official and Virginia political hack they win both too. Have you gone to any games?

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
18 days ago
Reply to  Bill Testa

Mental illness on display.

Duquesne WBB

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