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The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

Pitt sophomore forward John Hugley (23) scores during the men’s basketball exhibition versus Gannon at the Petersen Events Center in November.

Column | Recent additions put Pitt men’s basketball into ‘win now’ mode

By Richie Smiechowski, Senior Staff Writer May 24, 2022
Since April 1, Capel has finally started to show some of the recruiting prowess he was so highly touted for during his tenures at Duke and Oklahoma.
Pittsburgh head coach Jeff Capel works the bench during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Boston College of the Atlantic Coast Conference mens tournament, Tuesday, March 8, 2022, in New York.

Pitt bounced by Boston College in ACC Tournament’s first round, 66-46

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor March 8, 2022
Pitt men’s basketball went out with a whimper Tuesday afternoon. The team closed its 2021-22 campaign with a 66-46 loss to Boston College in the ACC Tournament’s opening game — a contest that was over long before the clock ran out.
Pitt forwards Mouhamadou Gueye (15) and John Hugley (23) fight for the ball with a Miami player during the Pitt vs. Miami mens basketball game on Tuesday night.

Hurricanes roll over Pitt, 85-64, in penultimate Panthers home game

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor February 23, 2022
Miami stormed into Pittsburgh and dismantled Pitt on both ends — to the tune of 20 turnovers, 55% shooting for the game and a 21-point road victory that was not even as close as the lopsided final score would indicate.
John Hugley (23) scores during the men’s basketball exhibition vs. Gannon on Nov. 1 at the Petersen Events Center.

Second half surge lifts Pitt over NC State, 71-69, for first time since 2014

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor February 12, 2022
Jeff Capel said Saturday that there are “so many ways to lose” in college basketball. Pitt explored many of those ways, but made enough timely plays to escape with a 71-69 win over NC State — its first against the Wolfpack since 2014.
Pitt senior guard Onye Ezeakudo (31) takes a shot during the Pitt vs. Colgate men’s basketball game on Dec. 9.

Ezeakudo rewarded for impact on Pitt basketball with scholarship

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor January 19, 2022
One of the highest honors that a college basketball walk-on can earn is, ironically, ceasing to be a walk-on. Onye Ezeakudo did just that last week — the highlight of a career at Pitt where he’s achieved what few walk-ons are able to.
Coaches and staff look on as senior guard Jamarius Burton dribbles the ball at Saturday afternoons game vs. Louisville.

Pitt handily beats Louisville, 65-53, for second conference win

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor January 15, 2022
In the rematch of a Jan. 5 barn-burner, Pitt thoroughly beat Louisville to earn its second conference win of the season, one that serves as further proof of the team’s holistic improvement.
Pittsburgh guard Jamarius Burton (11) shoots over Louisville forward Matt Cross (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Louisville, Ky., Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022.

Panthers suffer another late letdown, fall 75-72 at Louisville

By Will McGlynn, Staff Writer January 5, 2022
Another day, another one-possession loss for Pitt men’s basketball. The Panthers faltered down the stretch of Tuesday night’s conference contest against Louisville before ultimately falling 75-72 at the KFC Yum! Center.
Jacksonvilles Bryce Workman (5) fouls Pittsburghs Femi Odukale (2) as he shoots during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh won 64-55.

Career game from Femi Odukale carries Pitt to 64-55 win over Jacksonville

By Will McGlynn, Staff Writer December 21, 2021
Femi Oduklae’s career-high-tying 28 points carried the offense in a 64-55 win over Jacksonville on Tuesday afternoon at the Pete. The Panthers concluded the non-conference portion of their schedule and will now prepare for the start of ACC play.
Pitt sophomore forward John Hugley (23) guards the ball during Thursday night’s game against Colgate at the Petersen Events Center.

Pitt reverses trend, escapes with 71-68 win over Colgate

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor December 9, 2021
Pitt men’s basketball head coach Jeff Capel said his team was “tired of almost” after two consecutive one-possession losses. But the Panthers didn’t let those gut-punch losses pile up, and instead escaped with a 71-68 win over Colgate on Thursday night.
Guard Jamarius Burton (11) dribbles the ball during the Pitt vs. Minnesota men’s basketball game at the Petersen Events Center Tuesday night.

Loewe’s put-back stuns Panthers in 54-53 loss to Minnesota

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor November 30, 2021
Luke Loewe scored just two points on Tuesday night against Pitt, but they were the biggest of the game. Minnesota, despite trailing for most of the evening, stole a 54-53 win from the Panthers in the ACC-Big 10 Challenge.
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