On Friday night, as Pitt looked to extend its winning streak to five and win its first conference matchup of the year against NC State, there was one Panther who was not going to let the team fall.
That Panther was Jamarius Burton, Pitt’s veteran lead guard who hit all seven of his field goals in the second half to finish with a season-high 24 points in the Panthers’ 68-60 upset victory over NC State.
Burton played his usual, physical game from the guard spot, driving to the basket and hitting from the mid-range with elite efficiency and confidence. Along with the graduate student’s star performance, Pitt’s Blake Hinson followed with 13 points, and Nike Sibande followed with ten in the Panthers’ fifth-straight win.
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With the victory, the Panthers earn a massive ‘W’ on the backs of their veteran stars.
Heading into the game, NC State was 7-1 and ranked as the No. 49 team in the nation, per Kenpom.com. In Friday’s game, the Wolfpack hit 35% of its field-goal attempts, led by Terquavion Smith who hit five shots to finish with 15 points.
The Panthers held NC State’s leading scorer Jarkel Joiner to just one point in the win, as he went 0 for 12 from the field in the loss.
With the win, Pitt (6-3) extended its winning streak to five games.
Pitt’s next game comes on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at Vanderbilt (3-4) in the Panthers’ third-straight road matchup.