PITTSBURGH — In Wednesday night’s win over Wake Forest, Pitt’s Blake Hinson and Greg Elliott combined to hit 14 three pointers, and along with three triples from Nelly Cummings and one from Nike Sibande, the Panthers set a program record with 18 made threes.
“That’s big time,” Elliott said after the game. “It’s something actually me and Blake talk about a lot, is, setting the fire alarms off in here. It finally came to fruition today. We talk about it all the time, and to finally see it come true, it was big time. I’m happy we did it with a win.”
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Elliott hit his first three three-point attempts of the night, and Hinson hit three of his first four. The two were on a mission — against Wake Forest’s different defensive looks — to knock down the deep ball from the very start. After Hinson went into the half with five threes and Elliott three, the two combined for six more in the second half to bring the duo’s total to 14 on the night. Hinson, going 8 for 14 on the night, tied an individual Pitt program record with his eight threes made.
“The ball can move,” Hinson added. “We find the best shot. It doesn’t always gotta be a layup, and we’re skilled enough to make those shots. Thank God they went in, and we put the work in to make those shots.”
“I’d say it is contagious,” Elliott said about the team’s hot shooting. “But first, starts with the ball. The ball is what finds the energy to find that good shot. I felt like, once the ball is moving the way that it was moving tonight, once we find that good shot — no matter who takes it or what shot it is — just today it happened to be threes, and it was definitely contagious.”
Pitt’s starting guards Cummings and Jamarius Burton combined for 15 assists in the win, which improved Pitt’s record to 14-7 (7-3 ACC). While Wake Forest went to a 1-3-1 zone to limit Burton’s creation, the Panthers continued to find holes in the zone and look outside for their snipers.
“I thought the ball had energy,” head coach Jeff Capel said. “I thought we learned form the last game, as far as, we moved the basketball. We didn’t settle. To have 22 assists on 28 made field goals is big time. And obviously, to be able to hit 18 threes. I thought we were able to do that because the ball had energy, and these two guys beside me [Hinson and Elliott] combined for 14 of them.”
Pitt is currently in third place in the ACC with 192 made threes on the season. The Panthers have hit 35% of their attempts from deep this year, and their 9.1 threes per game rank No. 30 in all of Division One hoops.