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Pitt Dominates North Carolina A&T in Season-Opener, 100-52

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Pittsburgh Panthers guard Carlton Carrington (7) November 6, 2023 David Hague/PSN

PITTSBURGH — On Monday night, Pitt cruised to a season-opening victory over North Carolina A&T behind a triple-double performance from freshman guard Bub Carrington in his first collegiate game.

The Panthers led wire-to-wire after jumping out to a 9-0 lead in the opening minutes. Carrington was the star of the show, dropping 18 points, grabbing 12 rebounds, and dishing out ten assists in the Panthers’ win after earning the start at the point guard position. Carrington becomes the fifth Panther ever to record a triple double, earning the first one since Ricardo Greer in 1998. Pitt closed out the game with a free-throw from Will Jeffress to make the final score 100-52.

In addition to Carrington, Pitt earned double-digit scoring efforts from Jorge Diaz-Graham, Blake Hinson, Ishmael Leggett, and Federiko Federiko. Diaz-Graham finished with 14 points and five rebounds in the win, while Hinson added 13 points on 5-for-11 shooting. Leggett hit four field goals to finish with 11 points and five rebounds.

Hinson opened the season with a three-pointer from the edge of the ‘T” in the Pitt logo at half court, picking up just where he left off last season. The Deltona, Florida native hit his first three shots, scoring seven of Pitt’s first nine points as the Panthers got out to an early 9-0 lead.

Diaz-Graham was the story of the first half for the Panthers, coming off the bench, hitting all three of his three-point attempts, and throwing down an and-one alley-oop finish off a dish from Zack Austin. The Spaniard finished the half with a team-best 12 points and three minutes in just ten minutes of play.

The Panthers cruised to a whopping 35-point, 50-15 halftime lead behind strong performances from just about everyone who saw the floor. Federiko tallied ten points and six rebounds in the frame, while Carrington went into the half with seven points, seven rebounds, and five assists.

In the second half, the Panthers leaned on Carrington early on as he continued to produce with the ball in his hands. The first-year guard finished the night going 7 for 12 from the field and 4 for 7 from three-point range to lead the team in scoring.

In the win, Pitt shot 56% from the field, including 41% from three-point land.

For NC A&T, guard Kyle Duke led the way with 15 points, while Jeremy Robinson added three. The Aggies struggled to shoot the ball, hitting only 27% of their field goals and 24% of their three pointers.

Pitt will continue its season against Binghamton on Friday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. once again at the Petersen Events Center. That game will air on ACC Network Extra.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Rob Radich
Rob Radich
8 months ago

Takeaway: They would be a force to reckon with in the CAA.

Eric payne
Eric payne
8 months ago
Reply to  Rob Radich

Where ever they are a force, you’ll be watching.

Rob Radich
Rob Radich
8 months ago
Reply to  Eric payne

Is English your first language? Because that sentence made no sense. Do you work at being stupid?

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