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After early deficit, Pitt falls to No. 11 Purdue 72-59

Senior James Robinson lead Pitt in Tuesday night's game with the most baskets.  Wenhao Wu | Staff Photographer

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

December 2, 2015

Despite clawing their way back into the game, the Pitt men’s basketball team finished Tuesday evening’s match with a whimper. Led by 24 points from A.J. Hammons, Purdue fought off Pitt’s sporadic comeback attempts to defeat the Panthers 72-59 at the Petersen Events Center. With 12:23 left in th...

Second half run propels Pitt basketball past Detroit

Michael Young scored a game-high 21 points
Jeff Ahearn | Assistant Visual Editor

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 21, 2015

For a brief moment in the second half, Pitt’s chances of beating Detroit seemed in doubt, with the visitors taking a one point lead. A 25-5 run, though, would wipe away any shred of uncertainty, as the Panthers defeated the Titans 95-79 Friday night at the Petersen Events Center. Detroit coach...

Pitt men’s basketball adds three in early signing period

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 18, 2015

With the early recruit signing period coming to a close, the Pitt men’s basketball team announced the three newest members of the Panther Hoops program. A University release announced that Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon signed three out-of-state recruits —Justice Kithcart, Crisshawn Clark and Corey Manig...

Pitt cruises to 80-50 victory over Gannon in exhibition

Alonzo Nelson-Ododa attempts a close range shot. 
Heather Tennant | Staff Photographer

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 6, 2015

It might not have counted, but the Pitt men’s basketball team surged on Friday night. With the season opener against Gonzaga approaching next week, the Panthers took the court for their first and only exhibition game, defeating the Gannon Golden Knights 80-50 at the Petersen Events Center. Though...

Rotation questions need resolutions prior to opening of season for mens, women’s basketball

Alonzo-Nelson Ododa goes up for the shot.  Wenhao Wu | Staff Photographer

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

November 5, 2015

As leaves fall and the air chills, the attention of Pitt fans shifts from the resurgent Panther football team to the promising campaigns of the Pitt men’s and women’s basketball teams. Hitting the court Nov. 13, for their season openers, the men’s team is prepping its suitcases for a trip to Japan,...

After trying offseason, Wilson ready for impact on court

Damon Wilson is looking forward to seeing the court after a tough offseason
Jeff Ahearn | Assistant Visual Editor

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 21, 2015

With the NCAA questioning his academic eligibility following graduation, Pitt basketball commit Damon Wilson was angry. Before the NCAA eventually deemed him eligible for collegiate play in September, it challenged the freshman guard and his teammates’ high school course loads. “When we heard they w...

Gaining ground: Cameron Johnson bulks up in offseason

Cameron Johnson gained 30 pounds in the offseason. Jeff Ahearn | Assistant Visual Editor

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 6, 2015

Most students fear the “freshman 15.” Pitt shooting guard Cameron Johnson embraced all that and more with open, growing arms this offseason. Johnson, an unheralded 2014 recruit from Moon Township, arrived at Pitt as a slender 6-foot-8, 185 pounds  boy — taller and lighter than the average colle...

Dixon, Pitt basketball need to up recruiting game to compete in ACC

Jamie Dixon and the Panthers need to improve in recruiting to succeed in the ACC. Theo Schwarz | Senior Staff Photographer

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

September 30, 2015

There was a time when Pitt basketball could compile northeastern-focused recruiting classes. Unfortunately for Jamie Dixon and the Panthers, that time has passed. For the majority of Dixon’s tenure as Pitt’s head basketball coach, becoming a regular season force and faltering in the postseason w...

Catching up with Tray Woodall

Pitt News File Photo

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 21, 2015

After seeing the court for 139 games over his Pitt career that spanned from 2008 to 2013, former star point guard Tray Woodall left the University and trekked the globe. Since leaving Oakland, Woodall has played professionally in Turkey, Greece, Kosovo and Mexico, serving as a role player throughout his...

Damon Wilson cleared academically, eligible immediately

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 10, 2015

The NCAA has cleared Pitt freshman point guard Damon Wilson academically, Pitt confirmed on Thursday. "We had great confidence that Damon was going to be fine academically, and we got the word yesterday [that he was cleared]," Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon said at a press conference Thursday. "It's...

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