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Monstrous second-half comeback gives Pitt first win over Syracuse in Jeff Capel era

In his last season with the Panthers,  junior guard Xavier Johnson (1) averaged 11.7 points, making 37.3% of his shots from the field.
January 8, 2021
Pitt beat Syracuse for the first time since 2017 behind a thrilling second half comeback.

Johnson shines in wild second half, Pitt tops Wildcats 71-70

Johnson shines in wild second half, Pitt tops Wildcats 71-70
December 10, 2020
Simply put, Pitt Men’s basketball has been bad on the road under third-year head coach Jeff Capel. The Panthers are 2-20 in true road games with Capel at the helm, but took a step towards flipping that script on Wednesday night. 

Premier Panthers push Pitt to win over Drexel, 83-74

Carolyn Pallof | Senior Staff Photographer
November 28, 2020
Pitt’s “Big 3” of Junior guards Xavier Johnson and Au’Diese Toney, plus sophomore forward Justin Champagnie, came through early and often on Saturday. They combined for 66 points to power the Panthers (1-1 overall) to an 83-74 win over Drexel (0-1 overall).

Men’s basketball returners eagerly prepare for a season in limbo

The Pitt men’s basketball team returned to the Petersen Events Center Wednesday for their first official practice of the 2020 season.
October 15, 2020
Jeff Capel revamped his Pitt men’s basketball roster this offseason. Now he opens a season like no other with expectations weighing heavier and heavier.

‘Hometown hero’ Nahki Johnson adds agility to Pitt defense

Nahki Johnson, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound weak-side defensive end, committed to the Panthers last June.
September 1, 2020
Committing in June of last year, Nahki Johnson adds his name to the long lineage of local prospects to play at Pitt. As one of the highest-rated recruits in Pitt’s 2021 class, Johnson looks to add agility to the defensive line.

Sluggish second half stops Pitt’s ACC Tournament run

Sophomore guard Xavier Johnson (1) scored 16 points during Pitt’s 59-56 loss to Virginia on Saturday.
March 11, 2020
But in their second game in 24 hours, Pitt (16-17 overall, 6-14 ACC) looked like the same worn-out, beat-up team that they had been since conference play began. They ran out of gas in the second half against NC State (20-12 overall, 11-10 ACC), losing 73-58 on Wednesday afternoon. 

Win over GT showcases sorely needed skills

Win over GT showcases sorely needed skills
February 10, 2020
From an electric scoring performance by budding star and first-year forward Justin Champagnie, to the evolving, enigmatic nature of sophomore guards Trey McGowens and Xavier Johnson, here are some observations from Pitt’s 73-64 victory over Georgia Tech.

Sophomore stars come up clutch in 62-57 win vs. Miami

Au’Diese Toney prepares to shoot against Miami Sunday afternoon.
February 2, 2020
The Panthers (14-8 overall, 5-6 ACC) had dropped seven straight to the Hurricanes (11-10 overall, 3-7 ACC) before defeating the Hurricanes, 62-57, at the Petersen Events Center this weekend. 

Turnovers tell story of Pitt’s season

Sophomore guards Xavier Johnson (pictured) and Trey McGowens average a combined 25.5 points per game.
January 21, 2020
Pitt basketball boasts a pair of talented playmaking guards, but often their aggression can cost their team more than help.

Pitt punctuates UNC sweep with wire-to-wire win, 66-52

Sophomore guard Xavier Johnson kept the Panthers afloat on offense in one of his season’s best performances.
January 18, 2020
A dominant first half kept Pitt afloat through one of its all-too-familiar scoring droughts on Saturday. The Panthers did just enough in the second half to best UNC, 66-52.
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