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Pitt overcomes Hanlan’s 39 points for 71-65 win

Pitt overcomes Hanlan’s 39 points for 71-65 win

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

February 25, 2015

Olivier Hanlan did the best he could to single-handedly beat Pitt.Boston College’s star junior guard and his 39 points, however, were not enough as Pitt (19-10, 8-7 ACC) defeated the Eagles (9-18, 1-14 ACC) 71-65 on Tuesday night at the Petersen Events Center.Hanlan, who averaged 18.7 points per g...

Hanging in there

Hanging in there

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

February 23, 2015

Pitt cannot afford a misstep if they want to keep their tournament hopes alive.

Strong RPI gives Pitt basketball reason for March optimism

Strong RPI gives Pitt basketball reason for March optimism

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

February 23, 2015

Turn on ESPN in March, and one thing is sure: there will be more talk of “bubbles” than in an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants.“The bubble”refers to teams that are either just inside or just outside of the NCAA Tournament, and it drives some fans crazy hearing whether their team is or is not “on...

Chris Jones

Chris Jones

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

February 22, 2015

Chris Jones scored 19 points off the bench on Saturday.

Jones’ production off bench sparks Pitt

Jones’ production off bench sparks Pitt

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

February 22, 2015

Chris Jones apparently did not take his role off the bench lightly.Jones, the sophomore guard who started earlier in the year when senior guard Cameron Wright was still recovering from a foot injury, hit five of his six 3-point attempts and scored 19 total points. The effort helped the Pitt men’s ...

The Wright Stuff

The Wright Stuff

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

February 20, 2015

Cameron Wright will be relied on heavily Saturday to stymie the Orange's offense.

Pitt hopes to limit explosive Syracuse offense

Pitt hopes to limit explosive Syracuse offense

By Jasper Wilson / Assistant Sports Editor

February 20, 2015

When Pitt’s and Syracuse’s men’s basketball teams face off this weekend, it will be just two weeks after they last met.In that span, not much has changed for either team, besides the fact that Pitt’s Cameron Wright was injured in the opening minutes of the game that took place at the Petersen Ev...

Zookeepers

Zookeepers

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographers

February 17, 2015

The Oakland Zoo is noted for being one of the most ruthless student sections in the nation.

Cheaters sometimes win: Oakland Zoo ups distraction tactics

Cheaters sometimes win: Oakland Zoo ups distraction tactics

By Jessica Boddy / For The Pitt News

February 17, 2015

“Joel! Joel! Joel! Joel, how’s Shannon? Joel!”“Hey, Marcus! Retweet me after the game! OK? Marcus!”“Meeks, you suck! You look like the Pillsbury Doughboy!”Anyone who has ever been in the Oakland Zoo during a pregame warm up knows that strangely personal shouts to opposing players, like these exclamations heard at Sa...

Lone star

Lone star

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

February 17, 2015

Jamel Artis scored 20 points, leading all scorers Monday night.

Panthers no match for intense Virginia defense in 61-49 loss

Panthers no match for intense Virginia defense in 61-49 loss

By Dan Sostek /Assistant Sports Editor

February 17, 2015

For the second straight week, the Pitt men’s basketball team found itself facing an elite opponent on the road. And, much like last Wednesday against No. 10 Louisville, Pitt couldn’t play the role of spoiler in Charlottesville.On the road Monday night against the No. 2 team in the nation, the Pan...

Shot-happy

Shot-happy

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

February 15, 2015

Josh Newkirk puts up a jumper against North Carolina.

Torrent of 3-pointers helps guide Pitt over No. 12 North Carolina

Torrent of 3-pointers helps guide Pitt over No. 12 North Carolina

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

February 15, 2015

It was a surprise in and of itself that the Pitt men’s basketball team put forth its best offensive performance of the season against then-No. 12 University of North Carolina over the weekend. One particular key to the success in the 89-76 upset made the feat even more impressive. Coming into Saturda...

Manning up

Manning up

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

February 14, 2015

Sheldon Jeter continued his recent surge, tallying a game-high 22 points.

Panthers punish No. 12 Tar Heels in 89-76 upset victory

Panthers punish No. 12 Tar Heels in 89-76 upset victory

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

February 14, 2015

Following a game in which the team’s offense went over 10 minutes without a field goal last Wednesday at Louisville, the Pitt men’s basketball team felt some pressure mounting to improve offensively.“Our toughness and manhood got questioned after that Louisville game,” sophomore forward Sheldon Jeter sa...

Late 22-2 run guides No. 9 Louisville over Pitt

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

February 12, 2015

A late offensive drought doomed Pitt men’s basketball at Louisville on Wednesday night.The Panthers (16-9, 5-6 ACC) hung with the No. 9 Cardinals early, leading as late as midway through the second half, but Louisville used an extended 22-2 run over an eight-minute span to seal the 69-56 win for the...

Through the ringer

Through the ringer

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

February 10, 2015

Pitt faces three ranked teams in a six-day span, starting on Wednesday.

Uphill battle: Pitt faces gauntlet in upcoming schedule

Uphill battle: Pitt faces gauntlet in upcoming schedule

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

February 10, 2015

Six days, three games against top-ranked opponents.That’s what awaits the Pitt men’s basketball team over the course of the next week. The Panthers get a rematch with No. 9 Louisville on the road before a home tilt with No. 12 North Carolina in the Petersen Events Center’s final marquee matchup o...

Number one

Number one

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

February 9, 2015

Artis averaged 26 points and 8 rebounds per game this week.

Artis named ACC Player of the Week after two-game outburst

Artis named ACC Player of the Week after two-game outburst

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

February 9, 2015

For the first time this season, a Pitt men’s basketball player has taken home an ACC weekly honor.Sophomore forward Jamel Artis was named ACC Player of the Week for his performances against Bryant and Syracuse.As it’s Pitt’s second year in the conference, Artis is only the second Panther recognized as ACC Playe...

Sweet Jete

Sweet Jete

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

February 8, 2015

Sheldon Jeter's 18 points off the bench guided Pitt over Syracuse.

RE21PECT: Jeter sparks Pitt off bench in win over Syracuse

RE21PECT: Jeter sparks Pitt off bench in win over Syracuse

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

February 8, 2015

Pitt men’s basketball head coach Jamie Dixon described the sea of fresh, black Oakland Zoo T-shirts as “as good as we’ve ever had.” But the novel concept of a “blackout” crowd wasn’t what stuck out the most following Pitt’s 83-77 home victory over Syracuse this weekend.Instead, Sheldon ...

Energizer

Energizer

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

February 7, 2015

Sheldon Jeter provided much-needed scoring off the bench, tallying 18 points in increased playing time following a Cam Wright injury.

Jeter’s 18 points off the bench vaults Pitt to 83-77 victory over Syracuse

Jeter’s 18 points off the bench vaults Pitt to 83-77 victory over Syracuse

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

February 7, 2015

When Cameron Wright fell to the floor of Petersen Events Center after having his layup attempt blocked from behind, the tumble seemed innocuous. Then the redshirt senior took time to get up before limping back on defense.  Suddenly, on its first possession of Saturday evening’s game against Syracuse, it...

Globetrotters

Globetrotters

By TNS and the Pitt News

February 6, 2015

Many former Pitt basketball players are continuing their careers in Europe.

Former Panther basketball players continuing careers in various countries

Former Panther basketball players continuing careers in various countries

By Dan Sostek and Chris Puzia / The Pitt News Staff

February 6, 2015

When Travon Woodall finished his Pitt basketball career in 2013, he may not have known where his professional aspirations would take him.The answer, apparently, is Estonia.Woodall, who graduated from Pitt in 2013, has reportedly signed with Estonian team Rakvere Tarvas after playing in two games with B...

The Artis

The Artis

By Alyson Derrick / Staff Photographer

February 6, 2015

Last year's heartbreaking loss is in the past for Jamel Artis.

Memories of Ennis shot in the past for Artis, Pitt

Memories of Ennis shot in the past for Artis, Pitt

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

February 6, 2015

Jamel Artis doesn’t seek it out. He saw the replay on SportsCenter once and then immediately turned his TV off. Cameron Wright doesn’t talk about it, even when asked.“I’m kinda mad you just brought it up,” Wright said. The last time Pitt’s and Syracuse’s men’s basketball teams met, a ...

Jay Bilas

Jay Bilas

By Photo courtesy of Pitt basketball managers

February 5, 2015

Pitt's managers spending time with ESPN analyst Jay Bilas before a game at Duke.

The real game

The real game

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

February 5, 2015

Pitt's basketball student managers compete against the opposing team's managers the day before the varsity teams compete.

Artis-try

Artis-try

By Alyson Derrick / Staff Photographer

February 3, 2015

Pitt needed every one of sophomore forward Jamel Artis' 32 points to eke out a 72-67 victory over Bryant.

Artis’ 32 points propels Pitt past Bryant

Artis’ 32 points propels Pitt past Bryant

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

February 3, 2015

Behind 32 points from forward Jamel Artis, Pitt held on against underdog Bryant to pick up a 72-67 win.The game was a sly trap for the Panthers, a non-conference matchup smacked in between their win against top-10 Notre Dame this past weekend and their upcoming game versus ACC rival Syracuse on Saturda...

Pitt win keeps NCAA tourney hopes alive

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

February 1, 2015

A few eyebrows raised after Pitt’s men’s basketball team triumphed over No. 8 Notre Dame on Saturday. Yet, a bold prediction from Fighting Irish’s head coach Mike Brey was the real surprise of the night.“They’re an NCAA tournament team,” Brey said of Pitt at his postgame press conference. “I...

Pitt stuns No. 8 Notre Dame with late basket by Robinson

Pitt stuns No. 8 Notre Dame with late basket by Robinson

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

January 31, 2015

After playing arguably its worst game of the season against Virginia Tech last time out, the Pitt men’s basketball team responded with its best.Hosting No. 8 Notre Dame at Petersen Events Center on Saturday afternoon,  the Panthers used a balanced scoring attack to nullify the visitors’ potent offen...

Jay Bilas

Jay Bilas

By Photo courtesy of Pitt basketball managers

January 28, 2015

Pitt's men's basketball managers spending time with ESPN analyst Jay Bilas at Duke. 

The real game

The real game

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

January 28, 2015

Pitt's student managers face off against the opposing team's managers before the varsity teams clash.

The real game

The real game

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

January 28, 2015

Pitt's basketball managers play games against the opposing managers before the varsity team does.

The real game

The real game

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

January 28, 2015

Pitt's basketball managers often play games against the opposing team's managers before the varsity teams clash.

The game before the game: Pitt’s basketball student managers compete in ACC games of their own

The game before the game: Pitt’s basketball student managers compete in ACC games of their own

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

January 27, 2015

As student managers from the Pitt men’s basketball team begin to warm up at Petersen Events Center, people stop what they’re doing and watch. Something looks off.  “Y’all play for the team, bruh?” someone cleaning the building asks.It approached 10 p.m. last Saturday, the night before the...

Late collapse

Late collapse

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

January 27, 2015

Virginia Tech went on a 17-7 run in the final two minutes of regulation en route to an overtime victory.

Pitt suffers setback in overtime loss at Virginia Tech

Pitt suffers setback in overtime loss at Virginia Tech

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 27, 2015

A late 17-7 run by Virginia Tech over the final two minutes of the game gave the Hokies their first conference win over the Pitt men's basketball team on Tuesday night.The Panthers (13-8, 3-5 ACC) surrendered game-tying and game-winning 3-pointers at the end of regulation and overtime, respectively, to t...

Agent Zero

Agent Zero

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

January 26, 2015

James Robinson looks to help end the Panthers' two-game losing streak Tuesday in Blacksburg.

Panthers not overlooking Tuesday’s challenge of Virginia Tech

Panthers not overlooking Tuesday’s challenge of Virginia Tech

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

January 26, 2015

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino wasn’t afraid to say what was on the mind of countless Pitt fans following the Panthers’ 80-68 loss to the Cardinals Sunday at the Petersen Events Center.“This [Pitt] team is not as good as other Pitt teams,” the esteemed coach Rick Pitino said in his postgame press confer...

Battle of the boards

Battle of the boards

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

January 25, 2015

Montrezl Harrell contests a shot by Panthers forward Michael Young.

Rozier’s 26 points push Louisville past Young, Pitt

Rozier’s 26 points push Louisville past Young, Pitt

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

January 25, 2015

A sell-out crowd resembling a sea of gold didn’t translate to great fortune for the Pitt men’s basketball team against a highly ranked opponent.Facing No. 10 Louisville on Sunday afternoon during a “Gold Out” promotion at the Petersen Events Center, the Panthers contained and stayed with the visit...

Storify: Students camp out for Louisville game

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 24, 2015

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1 bright spot

1 bright spot

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

January 20, 2015

Despite the loss, sophomore Jamel Artis scored a career-high 21 points.

Pitt bedeviled by Duke in 79-65 road loss

Pitt bedeviled by Duke in 79-65 road loss

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

January 20, 2015

DURHAM, N.C. — Early on, the chant seemed prophetic, a curt premonition of what was to come. “We’re gonna beat the hell out of you.” Delivering the pregame message, en masse, were the Cameron Crazies, the famed student section of the Duke men’s basketball team. While it is, no doubt, a g...

Pitt hangs on late against Georgia Tech, wins second straight game

Pitt hangs on late against Georgia Tech, wins second straight game

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

January 17, 2015

The Pitt men’s basketball team relied on a largely three-part offensive attack to win its second straight game.Hosting Georgia Tech on Saturday afternoon at Petersen Events Center, the double digit scoring contributions of Jamel Artis, Cameron Wright and Michael Young were much needed in a close g...

Walkin’ on sunshine

Walkin’ on sunshine

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

January 15, 2015

Walk-on senior Aron Phillips-Nwankwo provided a jolt of energy in Pitt's victory over Florida State Wednesday.

Pitt looks to build momentum Saturday against Georgia Tech

Pitt looks to build momentum Saturday against Georgia Tech

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 15, 2015

Aron Phillips-Nwankwo might have known that his opportunity was coming on Wednesday night. His head coach had, after all, hinted at it earlier in the week.After a few big plays during Wednesday night’s 73-64 win over Florida State, the senior walk-on could have predicted the spark he would provide his Pitt...

Dixon notches 300th career win against Florida State

Dixon notches 300th career win against Florida State

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

January 15, 2015

Jamie Dixon was denied his 300th career win in the Pitt men’s basketball team’s last game against Clemson.But he would not be denied twice in a row.In a game it desperately needed, Pitt evened its conference record with a 73-64victory, and the team did it largely with something it lacked last game:...

Going up strong

Going up strong

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer - facebook.com/MeghanSunnersPhotography

January 14, 2015

Michael Young goes for a dunk against Florida State.

Getting big

Getting big

By Alyson Derrick / Staff Photographer

January 13, 2015

Center Joseph Uchebo might be more of a focus for Pitt against the length of Florida State on Wednesday.

Dixon: Pitt must focus on rebounding against Florida State

Dixon: Pitt must focus on rebounding against Florida State

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

January 13, 2015

In a 71-62 loss to Clemson on Saturday afternoon, the Pitt men’s basketball team had one of its worst rebounding performances under head coach Jamie Dixon. Now, Dixon and his team will try to rebound and redeem themselves on Wednesday evening in a home contest against Florida State.The 2014-2015 Se...

Michael Young

Michael Young

By Nicole Guy / Staff Photographer

January 11, 2015

Michael Young has performed as one of Pitt's few viable low post options this year.

Rebounding an ongoing shortcoming for Panthers

Rebounding an ongoing shortcoming for Panthers

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

January 11, 2015

After an underwhelming start to the 2014-2015 season and a disappointing 1-2 record to begin ACC play, the Pitt men’s basketball team has a big problem — literally.Under head coach Jamie Dixon, the Panthers program has been noted for the team’s physical play, and it almost always had a large, ...

Poor rebounding, inconsistent offense Pitt’s detriment in 71-62 loss to Clemson

Poor rebounding, inconsistent offense Pitt’s detriment in 71-62 loss to Clemson

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

January 10, 2015

The cold front that has gripped Pittsburgh for the last week extended inside the Petersen Events Center when the Pitt men’s basketball team returned there for its first conference home game of the season.Unable to overcome numerous, lengthy scoreless stretches throughout the game on Saturday after...

On their heels

On their heels

January 9, 2015

Brianna Kiesel led all scorers with 22 points, guiding Pitt to the shocking upset over UNC.

Pitt stuns highly ranked Tar Heels with 25-point drubbing

Pitt stuns highly ranked Tar Heels with 25-point drubbing

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

January 9, 2015

One game removed from a narrow loss to a highly ranked Louisville team, the Pitt women’s basketball team was able to play the role of spoiler.The team defeated the eighth-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels 84-59 in a monumental win for the program. Brianna Kiesel led the way, scoring 22 points while r...

Tough luck

Tough luck

January 9, 2015

Sheldon Jeter and Pitt look for an increased emphasis on toughness as conference play continues.

Panthers ready for sputtering Clemson offense

Panthers ready for sputtering Clemson offense

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

January 9, 2015

The Clemson men’s basketball team isn’t very good at offense.The proof is in the statistics — the Tigers (8-6, 0-2 ACC) rank last in the ACC in scoring, second-to-last in scoring margin, last in field goal percentage with .425 — but Clemson head coach Brad Brownell also hestitantly admitted the...

Michael Young

Michael Young

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

January 7, 2015

James Robinson is part of a Pitt team ahead of only two other ACC teams in scoring.

Making adjustments: A look back on Pitt’s season so far

Making adjustments: A look back on Pitt’s season so far

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

January 7, 2015

Just before the start of the college basketball season, I looked at the Panthers’ schedule, took the optimistic approach to a few games and decided that 25-7 would be an achievable mark. Fifteen games, a loss to Hawaii and a homecourt nail-biter against Oakland University later, I would like to am...

Close Call

Close Call

By Alyson Derrick / Staff Photographer

January 7, 2015

James Robinson helped guide Pitt to a comeback overtime win over Boston College.

Furious comeback earns Pitt overtime win at Boston College

Furious comeback earns Pitt overtime win at Boston College

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 7, 2015

The Pitt men’s basketball team played Hyde to the football team’s Jekyll Tuesday night as it rallied back to defeat Boston College in overtime.Pitt came back from a late nine-point deficit to send the game into extra time. With time dwindling, a blocked shot secured a 61-60 Panthers win to even its ...

Another shot

Another shot

By Alyson Derrick / Staff Photographer

January 5, 2015

The Panthers look to win their first conference game of the year Tuesday night at Boston College.

Pitt looks to rebound against BC in second straight road game

Pitt looks to rebound against BC in second straight road game

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 5, 2015

As the Pittsburgh Panthers men’s basketball team readies for its second consecutive ACC road game to begin conference play, starting forward Jamel Artis knows that the team needs to play with an increased sense of urgency.“When you play on the road, you’ve got to play with more energy,” Artis ...

Leading scorer

Leading scorer

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

January 5, 2015

Jamel Artis led Pitt with 13 points in Pitt's loss to North Carolina State.

Shortened rotation contributes to Pitt’s first ACC loss

Shortened rotation contributes to Pitt’s first ACC loss

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

January 5, 2015

All season, the rotation for the Pitt men’s basketball team has featured fewer contributions than expected.Multiple factors contributed to the line-up shrinkage. First came Cameron Wright’s broken foot in September on the eve of the start of practice, which sidelined him until December. Durand Joh...

Jamie Dixon

Jamie Dixon

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

January 3, 2015

Pitt was outscored 41-30 in the second half on Saturday.

Stagnant offense contributes to loss in first ACC game

Stagnant offense contributes to loss in first ACC game

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

January 3, 2015

RALEIGH, NC — A complete lack of offense doomed the Pitt men’s basketball team to its worst-ever ACC defeat in terms of margin as it began conference play.“When you play on the road, you gotta play with more energy, you gotta play with more intensity, you gotta execute that much better than you ...

Big Game James

Big Game James

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

December 20, 2014

James Robinson had 18 points and made a pair of crucial free throws in overtime to lead Pitt to victory over Oakland.

Late push leads Panthers to comeback win over Oakland

Late push leads Panthers to comeback win over Oakland

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

December 20, 2014

After seven ties and 23 lead changes, the Pittsburgh Panthers’ men’s basketball team was able to escape the Petersen Events Center with an 81-77 overtime victory over the Oakland Golden Grizzlies on Saturday afternoon.Taking on an Oakland team that going into the contest had allowed an average of...

Pitt athletes react to Chryst, Pederson departures

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

December 18, 2014

On Wednesday night, Paul Chryst announced that he accepted a head coaching position at Wisconsin, and the same day, Pitt announced that former athletic director Steve Pederson would no longer serve in that role. Current Pitt athletes voiced their opinions on social media. // // ]]> [View the story...

Career night

Career night

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

December 18, 2014

Jamel Artis scored a career-high 20 points in the Panthers' 65-56 victory over St. Bonaventure on Wednesday night.

Artis, Wright lead Pitt to a 65-56 victory over Manhattan

Artis, Wright lead Pitt to a 65-56 victory over Manhattan

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

December 18, 2014

In a game that the team controlled from opening tip, the Pitt Panthers’ men’s basketball team defeated the Manhattan Jaspers by a score of 65-56 at the Petersen Events Center Wednesday evening.        The Panthers’ defense thrived early on in the game, as the team forced 10 turnovers within the fir...

Defense key as Panthers survive in 58-54 victory over Bonnies

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

December 13, 2014

In a hard-fought contest in which neither team could pull away, the Pitt Panthers’ men’s basketball team was able to eke out a victory against the St. Bonaventure Bonnies, securing a 58-54 win on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore forward Jamel Artis kicked off the scoring for the Pitt by nailing a contested three-pointer for...

Robinson leads way, as Pitt wins another City Game

Robinson leads way, as Pitt wins another City Game

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

December 5, 2014

Derrick Colter and the rest of the players on Duquesne men’s basketball team thought they had James Robinson all figured out.Entering Friday night, the Pitt junior had faced the Dukes twice since his arrival in Oakland in the schools’ annual City Game meetings, not to mention numerous summer leagu...

James Robinson

James Robinson

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

December 4, 2014

James Robinson goes for a layup.

For all the Primanti’s: Pitt and Duquesne face off in City Game

For all the Primanti’s: Pitt and Duquesne face off in City Game

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

December 4, 2014

Pitt students and players might not be overlooking Friday’s annual game as much as they might have in years past.The Pitt men’s basketball team (4-3, 0-0 ACC) takes the court at Consol Energy Center against Duquesne (3-1, 0-0 Atlantic 10) in this year’s edition of The City Game, an annual cross-city ...

Silver lining

Silver lining

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

December 3, 2014

Despite the loss, sophomore Josh Newkirk totaled 16 points and eight assists.

Panthers’ offense falls flat in road loss to Hoosiers

Panthers’ offense falls flat in road loss to Hoosiers

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

December 3, 2014

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — In its first true road game of the season, the Pitt men’s basketball team got off to a good start, scoring the game’s first points before then going up 4-2. Pitt wouldn’t lead again.Playing Indiana University as part of the ACC/Big 10 Challenge Tuesday night, the Panthers...

James Robinson

James Robinson

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

December 1, 2014

James Robinson is averaging 12.7 points per game this season.

Robinson, Panthers continue road trip at Hoosiers

Robinson, Panthers continue road trip at Hoosiers

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

December 1, 2014

After a weeklong break to recover from its tournament in Hawaii, the Pitt men’s basketball team faces its second consecutive Power 5 conference team in Indiana Tuesday night.The Panthers (4-2, 0-0 ACC) will travel to Bloomington, Ind., to face the Indiana Hoosiers (5-1, 0-0 Big Ten) as part of the ACC...

James Robinson

James Robinson

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

November 25, 2014

James Robinson scored 17 points against Chaminade on Monday.

Panthers beat Chaminade to advance in Maui

Panthers beat Chaminade to advance in Maui

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 25, 2014

It came down to one of Jamie Dixon’s coaching pillars: rebounding.After a rocky start on its trip to Maui, the Pitt men’s basketball team recovered to beat Chaminade 82-68in the first round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational Monday night as it outrebounded the Silverswords rebounds.Playing in it...

Jamie Dixon

Jamie Dixon

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer - facebook.com/MeghanSunnersPhotography

November 23, 2014

Jamie Dixon's squad begins the Maui Invitational on Monday night.

Pitt begins Maui Invitational with Chaminade

Pitt begins Maui Invitational with Chaminade

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

November 23, 2014

The Pitt men’s basketball team prepares to kick off the tournament portion of the 2014 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational beginning on Monday. This is a breakdown of the rest of the field.Chaminade: Serving as the host school for the invitational, the Division II Chaminade Silverswords are Pitt’s first-round ...

Jamie Dixon

Jamie Dixon

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

November 22, 2014

Pitt lost 74-70 to Hawaii in a game beginning at midnight EST.

Pitt stumbles in tune-up before Maui Invitational

Pitt stumbles in tune-up before Maui Invitational

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 22, 2014

Pitt fans woke up Saturday morning to see the men's basketball team lost its first game this year in Hawaii.In a tune-up game before the EA Sports Maui Invitational on Monday, Pitt lost to the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors 74-70 in a game played at midnight EST.Chris Jones led Pitt (2-1) in scoring with 19 po...

Joseph Uchebo

Joseph Uchebo

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

November 17, 2014

Joseph Uchebo played 10 minutes in Sunday's win over Samford.

Joseph Uchebo continues rehabilitation ahead of season

Joseph Uchebo continues rehabilitation ahead of season

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

November 17, 2014

Joseph Uchebo, a 6-foot-10-inch junior center for the Pitt men’s basketball team, has been rehabilitating for more than a year since having microfracture surgery at Chipola Junior College. He hasn’t made a full recovery, handicapping himself at 60-70 percent currently. Doctors have told him that he...

Mike Young

Mike Young

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

November 16, 2014

Mike Young goes for a layup against Samford on Sunday.

It’s a trap (game)! Pitt ekes out close win over Samford

It’s a trap (game)! Pitt ekes out close win over Samford

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

November 16, 2014

In a contest much closer than expected, the Pitt men’s basketball team defeated the Samford Bulldogs by a final score of 63-56 in the first leg of the EA Sports Maui Invitational.Pitt struggled in the first half, adjusting to Samford’s tenacious, in-your-face defense and full-court press, and tra...

Dominate the paint

Dominate the paint

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

November 16, 2014

Pitt's Mike Young (2) was dominant in the post on Sunday, scoring 20 points on 10-13 shooting.

Slashing

Slashing

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

November 14, 2014

Sophomore Jamel Artis finished with 14 points, four rebounds and four assists in Pitt's 78-45 victory over Niagara Friday night.

Panthers handle Niagara for first win of season

Panthers handle Niagara for first win of season

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

November 14, 2014

In a game that the team dominated from the very start, the Pitt Panthers' men's basketball team easily defeated the Niagara Purple Eagles, winning by a final score of 78-45.Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon went with a starting lineup of James Robinson, Chris Jones, Jamel Artis, Mike Young and Joseph Uchebo...

Men’s basketball to open 2015-2016 season in Japan

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

November 14, 2014

The Pitt Panthers’ men’s basketball team will open its 2015-2016 season in Japan, according to a press release sent out Friday morning.The team will square off against the Gonzaga Bulldogs in Okinawa, Japan on Friday, November 13th of 2015, participating in the fourth annual Armed Forces Classic. T...

Michael Young

Michael Young

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

November 13, 2014

Michael Young and the Panthers open their season against Niagara on Friday.

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