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Pitt Falls Behind Early, Loses at Wake Forest

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Jamarius Burton looks for his shot against Wake Forest on Feb. 2, 2022 in Winston-Salem, N.C. (Mitchell Northam / Pittsburgh Sports Now)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Pitt’s Femi Odukale had one of his best games of the season, scoring 23 points on 10 of 14 shooting.

Unfortunately, it didn’t matter.

Wake Forest built an early double-digit lead and never looked back, topping the Panthers 91-75 Wednesday night in front of an announced crowd of 5,328 fans at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Odukale also added three rebounds, two steals and two assists for Pitt (8-14, 3-8 ACC), while turning the ball over just twice in a team-high 35 minutes of play. John Hugley notched a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds for Pitt, while Jamarius Burton registered his 15th straight double-digit scoring game with 10 points.

Jake LaRavia powered Wake Forest (18-5, 7-4 ACC) with 18 points and six rebounds. He was one of five Demon Deacons to score in double-digits. Alondes Williams nearly had a triple-double for Wake with 15 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

Wake Forest jumped out to a 9-0 lead, swishing each of its first three shot attempts. The Deacs grew their lead to 21-11 by the second media timeout at the 11:17 mark in the first half. LaRavia scored nine of his points during that stretch.

Before halftime, Wake grew its lead to as many as 22 points, heading into halftime on a 25-12 run after Pitt had cut the deficit to seven points. The Deacs built that lead with a balanced attack, as six players had five or more points in the first half. Wake also shot 8 of 13 from three-point land in the first half.

The Deacs’ largest lead of the night would come around the 17:44 mark in the second half, following an 8-1 run from Wake.

Pitt played better in the second half – shooting 63.6% from the floor after halftime, compared to 29.6% in the first half – but ultimately the early hole the Panthers fell into was too deep to dig out of. And Wake kept making threes, shooting 7 of 16 from deep in the second half.

Having completed a two-game road swing, Pitt will aim to bounce back from its second straight defeat on Saturday when it hosts Virginia Tech, in the first of back-to-back games against the Hokies. The Panthers will travel to Blacksburg, Va. next Monday, Feb. 7.

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

Great to see Wake Forest turn it around. A decent coach can do that for a program. We however, have Capel

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3 months ago
Reply to  Rob Radich

They said Forbes recruited all his players(transfers) off Zoom meetings. I suggest Capel and his band of asst worthless coaches read some, how to……pamphlets.

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3 months ago

This game was over before half-time. That did save us from watching the 2nd half and wasting even more time. When a team is raining 3’s you don’t play zone defense. lol

lorin Flickinger
lorin Flickinger
3 months ago

So another loss? What else is new? Sean Miller where are you? Can you fix this mess?

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