PITTSBURGH — On Saturday, Pitt took down NC State for the first time in nearly eight years behind strong second-half efforts from John Hugley, Jamarius Burton, and the rest of the Panthers at the Petersen Events Center.
Despite trailing by as much as ten points in the second half, NC State stuck around behind a ferocious late-game effort from its best player, Dereon Seabron, who scored 15 points in the frame.
With just 4.9 seconds remaining, Hugley confidently drained two free throws, giving the Panthers a three-point lead.
The Panthers then fouled Seabron, who hit his first free throw, then missed the second on purpose. After Burton had secured the rebound, the Panthers had officially secured their second win in a row.
Pitt’s leading scorer Hugley drained 13 of his 15 free throws on his way to a 21-point outing. He also grabbed ten rebounds, earning his eighth double-double of the year.
Burton once again had a strong second half for Pitt, dropping 11 points down the stretch and draining 4 of his 7 attempts in the frame. He finished the night with 17 points and a perfect 6-for-6 mark from the free-throw line.
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Ithiel Horton started for the second time this season, and finished with 17 points on 6-for-14 shooting. Mo Gueye added eight points for Pitt in just 19 minutes of play, due to foul trouble. Gueye fouled out of the game with just over three minutes remaining.
In addition to Seabron’s 17, Thomas Allen scored 14 and senior forward Jericole Hellems added ten to lead the Wolfpack.
With the win, the Panthers snapped an 11-game losing streak against NC State that dated back all the way to 2014.
The Panthers (10-16, 5-10) will look to extend their two-game winning streak on Wednesday, Feb. 16, when they take on North Carolina in Chapel Hill.