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‘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.

By Camryn Simons, Staff Writer

September 2, 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.

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor

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

Justin Champagnie (11) went for 30 points on 3-4 from the 3-point range and 13-17 from the field against Georgia Tech Saturday.

By Nick Farabaugh, For the Pitt News

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.

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor

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.

By Tyler Mathes, For the Pitt News

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.

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor

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.

McGowens, Champagnie lead Pitt over UNC, 73-65

Sophomore guard Xavier Johnson kept the Panthers afloat on offense in one of his season’s best performances.

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor

January 9, 2020

Pitt men’s basketball entered Chapel Hill Wednesday night 0-7 all-time at the venue but took advantage of a depleted Tar Heels’ squad in a 73-65 win.

Pitt offense goes off in 87-79 win over Canisius

Xavier Johnson (1), pictured here against Robert Morris, led Pitt with eight assists against Canisius.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

January 2, 2020

The Pitt men’s basketball team scored a season-high 87 points — while conceding a season-high 79 — in a home victory over Canisius Monday afternoon.

Panthers stifled at No. 1 Louisville, 64-46

Xavier Johnson (1), pictured here against Robert Morris, led Pitt with eight assists against Canisius.

By Kyle Saxon, Staff Writer

December 7, 2019

Though the Panthers came in with confidence and a five-game win streak, they left as just another victim to the Cardinals’ buzzsaw, scoring a season-low points total in the 64-46 loss. 

Panthers trounce Pine Bluff, 66-41

First-year guard Justin Champagnie (11) led Pitt’s offense with 21 points during the Panthers' 72-59 win over Northwestern.

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor

November 22, 2019

Pitt men’s basketball looked like the best version of itself during a comfortable victory on Thursday night, albeit against a lowly and winless Arkansas Pine-Bluff squad.

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