EVANSTON, Ill. — On Monday night, Jeff Capel’s Pitt Panthers used a long-awaited three-point barrage to take down Northwestern in lopsided fashion, 87-58.
The Panthers hit a season-high 64% of their three-point attempts on the night, earning at least three threes from four different players to take down the Wildcats for the fifth straight time.
It all started with the aggressive play of point guard Nelly Cummings, who, along with Nike Sibande and Blake Hinson, hit two threes of his own in the first half.
Cummings finished the night with three threes, while Hinson knocked down four, Sibande hit three, and Greg Elliott added three triples en route to a season-high 18 points. Cummings finished with 17 points and six assists in a breakout effort, while Hinson led the way with 22 points and eight rebounds in a dominant game.
The Panthers’ deadly outside shooting, combined with a steady 14-point, seven-assist effort from Jamarius Burton, took down the Wildcats on their home court in Chicagoland.
The Panthers took care of the ball all game, dishing out 22 assists in the win and only turning the ball over nine times. In a strong interior effort, Pitt out-rebounded Northwestern 41-30 in the win, despite John Hugley only grabbing two rebounds. Hugley finished with 0 points in 14 minutes of action.
Northwestern’s Chase Audige led the way for the Wildcats, scoring 14 points in the loss. His back court mate Boo Buie followed with ten points and five assists, while forward Robbie Beran added eight points in the loss.
As announced on Monday, the Big Ten/ACC Challenge will no longer exist past this season. As reported by Andy Katz, there will be a new ACC/SEC Challenge starting after Thanksgiving 2023.
Pitt (5-3) will now take on NC State on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. in its first conference matchup of the season. The Panthers will travel down to Raleigh, North Carolina for the game, which will be televised on ACC Network.