The Pitt News

Pitt men’s basketball future up in the air

Marcus Carr (5), first-year point guard, is one of seven players to have requested their release after the firing of head coach Kevin Stallings and one of two players to have officially been granted his release. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Visual Editor)

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

March 20, 2018

The dominoes have started to fall after a tumultuous weekend for the Pitt men’s basketball team, which saw nine current players and two recruits request releases from the program. First-year guard Marcus Carr became the second Pitt player to be granted his release from the program Monday night. H...

Report: seven Pitt basketball players request release from program

Pitt senior forward Ryan Luther is among eight  players to request a release after the firing of head coach Kevin Stallings.

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

March 16, 2018

Seven players from the Pitt men’s basketball team have requested their release from the program, according to a report from ESPN. The Panthers have now received nine total requests for release from either current players or committed recruits since the firing of former men’s basketball coach Kevin Sta...

Take Five: London, Luther, lazy reporting

The Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart (36) shoots over the Dallas Mavericks J.J. Barea (5) during the first half at the American Airlines Center in Dallas Nov. 20, 2017. (Vernon Bryant/Dallas Morning News/TNS)

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

January 12, 2018

In the age of media saturation, a lot happens in the sports world in a short amount of time. At the Pitt News, we’re embarking on a journey to pick the five most enticing sports headlines each week. This week, staff writer Brandon Glass shares a few of the highlights and lowlights, from Pittsburgh to...

Luther ruled out for the season

Pitt announced senior forward Ryan Luther’s (4) foot injury will prevent him from playing another game this season. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Visual Editor)

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

January 12, 2018

The Pitt men’s basketball team has played its last seven games without its only senior, forward Ryan Luther, and on Thursday Pitt announced on its website that Pitt will finish the season without him. Luther went down during Pitt’s Dec. 9 game against West Virginia with a stress reaction in his right foot. On T...

No timeouts: Balling over break

Senior forward Ryan Luther makes a successful layup during the Panthers' loss to the West Virginia Mountaineers Saturday night. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Senior Staff Photographer)

By Grant Burgman and Dominic Campbell | Staff Writers

December 11, 2017

Being a Division I athlete comes with undeniable perks — official gear, tuition aid and the chance to be on television. But athletes miss out on a lot — including enjoying a full winter break of relaxation and family. “That’s one of the sacrifices you have to make if you want to play Division...

City Game reclaimed: Panthers defeat Dukes, 76-64

The Panthers celebrate after winning the City Game against the Duquesne Dukes 76-64. (Photo by Thomas Yang / Senior Staff Photographer)

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

December 1, 2017

In an encouraging sign for the young Pitt men’s basketball team, the Panthers accomplished something that last year’s team was unable to do — record a victory over Duquesne, in the annual City Game Friday night at PPG Paints Arena. After turning the ball over a season-high 22 times in their prev...

Nittany Lions level Panthers, 85-54, in Progressive Legends Classic semi-final

Jonathan Milligan started the second half of the Panthers' Monday night game against Penn State with five points. (Photo by Anna Bongardino | Assistant Visual Editor)

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

November 21, 2017

In a semi-final matchup of the Progressive Legends Classic versus Penn State, the Pitt men’s basketball team was annihilated by its in-state foe, falling 85-54 in a game that was essentially over by halftime. The Panthers (1-3 overall, 0-0 ACC) had nothing going for them in a blowout loss to the ...

Panthers chase down Gauchos, 70-62, claim first season victory

Shamiel Stevenson dunks for Pitt in the last two minutes of the first half against UCSB Wednesday night. (Photo by Anna Bongardino | Assistant Visual Editor)

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

November 16, 2017

The Pitt men’s basketball team came back from an early and consistent deficit to claim its first victory of the season with a 70-62 victory over the University of California, Santa Barbara Gauchos. Pitt (1-2) played its second game in the 11th annual Progressive Legends Classic Wednesday night ag...

Pitt loses to Montana with record-low attendance, 83-78

Redshirt senior guard Jonathan Milligan scored five points in the Panthers' loss to the Montana Grizzlies. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Senior Staff Photographer)

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

November 13, 2017

Entering Monday night’s game, the Pitt men’s basketball team had not lost a home opener since 1996. Kevin Stallings was also the coach during that loss — but for the Panthers’ opponent, Illinois State. This time, Stallings experienced the defeat from the other side. The Panthers (0-2) committ...

Luther leads young squad in senior season

Pitt forward Ryan Luther drives to the hoop during last year's loss against Duquesne in the City Game.
 (Photo by John Hamilton | Managing Editor)

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

November 1, 2017

As Ryan Luther watched all but two members of the Pitt basketball team depart this off-season, his dedication to the Panthers never wavered. “I knew I wanted to be here,” the senior forward said. “I knew I made a commitment coming out of high school, and I didn’t really want to be somewhere els...

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper
Ryan Luther