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Pitt Veterans Lead the Way in Second-Half, Panthers Take Down Syracuse, 64-53

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PITTSBURGH — On Tuesday night, Pitt used huge second-half performances from veterans Mo Gueye and Jamarius Burton to take down Syracuse by a score of 64-53 at the Petersen Events Center.

Just two weeks ago, Pitt fell apart against the Orange early in the second half, failing to break through against Jim Boeheim’s potent 2-3 zone and falling by 16.

However, Tuesday night was a completely different story. Burton, Gueye, and the rest of the Panthers were not going to let that happen.

Burton came out of the half on fire, hitting four of his first five shots, including all three of his three-point attempts. The 6-foot-4 guard finished the half with 17 points, bringing his game total up to a team-high 21 points. Gueye also put up similar numbers in the latter frame, running along the baseline of the Syracuse zone and scoring 11 points in the half.

Gueye finished the game with 19 points, and also rejected three shots in the win, making that his seventh game of the season with at least three blocks.

Pitt’s star John Hugley was a monster on the boards all game for Pitt, grabbing a career-high 18 rebounds and also adding 11 points for his sixth double-double of the year.

Guard Onye Ezeakudo earned yet another start for Pitt and made the most of it, hitting four of his six shots, including three threes, for a career-high 11 points.

Buddy Boeheim once again led the Orange, going for 25 points on 23 shots. His brother, Jimmy, also added eight points in the loss. As a team, Syracuse shot 30% from the field, as well as just 19% from three-point range.

With the win, Pitt improved to 8-12 overall, as well as 3-6 in the ACC, while the Orange fell to 9-11 overall and 3-6 in the ACC.

Pitt’s next game comes on Saturday, when the Panthers will travel out to Chestnut Hill to take on Boston College. That game will tip off at 4 p.m. and will be televised on ACC Network.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Clark Martineau
Clark Martineau
4 months ago

Syracuse is 9-11 overall and tied with Pitt in ACC Conference.

Last edited 4 months ago by Clark Martineau
Mark Recker
Mark Recker
4 months ago

Second time seeing the Syracuse zone for Hugley, Burton & Gueye made the difference. Outstanding job by Capel getting them ready & fixing the mistakes made 2 weeks ago at the Dome.

Pittband
Pittband
4 months ago

Bonus points for beating 3 Boeheims? Not my idea. A friend’s nephew came up with that one.

Pittband
Pittband
4 months ago
Reply to  Pittband

I’m so old, I watched the elder play point guard for the Orange with Dave Bing in the fieldhouse.

TJ
TJ
4 months ago

Nice job. Always good to get a W.

Robert Radich
Robert Radich
4 months ago

Eating a bit of crow. Didn’t think they’d get a single ACC win. That said, I don’t think 8-12 in year 4 is anything to celebrate. After BC the JV part of the ACC schedule is over. I still believe that Capel stinks.

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
4 months ago
Reply to  Robert Radich

I believe that you said that this is the worst Pitt team in history. Not even close.

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