PITTSBURGH — On Saturday night, Georgia Tech spoiled Pitt’s senior night festivities by taking down the Panthers in emphatic fashion at the Petersen Events Center by a score of 68-62.
The Yellow Jackets, who entered Saturday night’s game in last place in the ACC, used a 13-2 run near the middle of the second half to build their lead into double-digit figures.
With just over five minutes left in the game, Pitt caught fire and turned its hot second-half shooting into a 14-0 run, cutting the deficit all the way down to four points.
However, the Jackets weathered the storm with late buckets from Michael Devoe and free throws from Jordan Usher to seal the victory.
Georgia Tech dominated Pitt in fast-break points, scoring 17 to the Panthers’ 4 on the break. The Jackets also scored 19 points off of Pitt’s 16 turnovers, while Pitt could only score six off of Tech’s 11.
Devoe, one of the top scorers in the ACC, led the way for the Yellow Jackets, going 8 for 15 from the field and finishing with 22 points.
Behind Devoe, Rodney Howard added 14 points in the win.
As a team, the Yellow Jackets shot 46.4% from the field, and made six of their 18 three-point attempts in the win.
For Pitt, Graduate transfer Mo Gueye came out of the gates hot on his senior night, scoring 14 points in the first half and adding 13 in the second to combine for a career-high 27 points. He went 10 for 15 from the field and also grabbed 12 rebounds in the loss.
John Hugley delivered his ninth double-double performance of the year, scoring 18 points and snagging 11 rebounds. Ithiel Horton followed Hugley with ten points of his own, hitting three three pointers in the loss.
Pitt (11-17, 6-11) will look to rebound from the loss on Tuesday, Feb. 22, when it hosts Miami at 8 p.m. at the Petersen Events Center. The Hurricanes sit at 19-8 (11-5 ACC) and are coming off a loss on Saturday to Virginia.