On Monday night in Blacksburg, Virginia, Pitt once again came out slow and could never claw its way back, falling to Virginia Tech for the second-straight game and extending its losing streak to four.
In the second matchup in three days for the two conference foes, the Hokies once again used a double-digit first-half lead to propel themselves to a dominant 74-47 victory.
Virginia Tech opened the game by missing its first six shots, however, Pitt could only build up a 5-0 lead in that time. The game, or more specifically the first half, was right there for the taking.
However, it was Virginia Tech that turned up the intensity and production, while Pitt once again went silent.
The Hokies went on a 21-5 run, which at one point included 17-straight points as well as six minutes scoreless minutes for Pitt. Later in the period, they used a 7-0 run to finish off the half and take an 18-point lead into the locker room.
The second half was more of the same for the Panthers, as they let Virginia Tech increase its lead to as much as 26 and come away with the victory by 27.
Femi Odukale and Mo Gueye were the only two Panthers that scored more than eight points in the loss. The two combined for 31 points, as Odukale led the way with 16 and Gueye followed with 15.
Gueye’s three-point shooting was on full display in the loss, as he hit a season-high five threes on seven attempts from deep.
John Hugley came off the bench for the first time all season just days after he struggled his way to just two points in the previous matchup. However, it was more of the same for Hugley on Monday, as he posted just two points on 1-for-4 shooting.
William Jeffress logged some second-half minutes for the Panthers after not playing on Saturday, and made the most of his time. He finished with eight points on 2-for-3 shooting from deep.
With the win, Virginia Tech improved to 14-10 (6-7 ACC), while Pitt fell to 8-16 (3-10 ACC). This is now the sixth- straight season in which Pitt has lost at least ten conference games.
That streak of six seasons comes after the program lost more than ten conference games just twice in 16 years from 2000-01 to 2015-16.
Pitt’s next game comes on Wednesday, Feb. 9 when it travels down to Tallahassee to take on 13-9 Florida State. The Seminoles own a 9-3 record at home on the year and are currently 6-6 in conference play. That game will tip off at 9 p.m. on ACC Network.