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Feeling Pitted: Panthers find new way to blow sure thing

Pitt sophomore guard Cameron Johnson misses a potential game-tying 3-pointer in the final seconds against Virginia Tech. Donny Falk | Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 15, 2017

For almost 28 minutes of game time Tuesday night, the Pitt men’s basketball team appeared on the verge of a much-needed third straight ACC win. Then, the Panthers’ 11-point lead against the Virginia Tech Hokies unraveled in a way some might have deemed impossible — but was all too familiar t...

Panthers stifle Syracuse for second straight win, 80-75

Sophomore guard Cameron Johnson scored a game-high 22 points in Pitt's 80-75 win vs. Syracuse on Saturday. Evan Meng | Staff Photographer

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

February 11, 2017

After ending a month-long, eight-game losing streak that prompted some to call for the firing of head coach Kevin Stallings, the Pitt men’s basketball team is now on a winning streak. The Panthers (14-11 overall, 3-9 ACC) won their second straight contest Saturday afternoon, beating the Syracuse Orange (16-10 ...

Panthers snap 8-game skid with 83-72 win at Boston College

Pitt senior forward Michael Young tied a career high with 30 points in the Panthers' 83-72 win at Boston College. Jeff Ahearn | Senior Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 8, 2017

After eight straight losses, the Pitt men’s basketball team is back in the win column — and for now, out of last place in the ACC. Thanks to a vintage performance by senior forward Michael Young and workmanlike contributions from fellow seniors Sheldon Jeter and Chris Jones, the Panthers (13-11 ov...

Panthers prep for crucial conference showdown with Cardinals

Pitt senior forward Sheldon Jeter said the Panthers need to match Louisville's intensity in Tuesday's rematch. Wenhao Wu | Senior Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 24, 2017

Forget making the NCAA Tournament — the Pitt men’s basketball team will need to pull off an upset on Tuesday just to stay out of the ACC’s cellar. Pitt head coach Kevin Stallings said he wasn’t “up in arms” after the Panthers dropped back-to-back games on the road against the Syracuse O...

Panthers fall flat in 77-66 loss at Syracuse

Pitt senior forward Sheldon Jeter had 12 points — all in the first half — in the Panthers' 77-66 loss vs. Syracuse. Wenhao Wu | Senior Staff Photographer

By Ted Zhang | Staff Writer

January 7, 2017

Any lasting euphoria from the Pitt men’s basketball team’s overtime win against the No. 11 Virginia Cavaliers on Wednesday quickly vanished Saturday afternoon at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. The Panthers (12-4 overall, 1-2 ACC) fell to the Syracuse Orange (10-6 overall, 2-1 ACC), 77-66, i...

Beating UVA helps ease sting of last-second losses for Pitt

Senior forward Michael Young (23) scored 19 points to help Pitt's seniors earn their first win against the Virginia Cavaliers. Elaina Zachos | Senior Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 6, 2017

As the clock ticked down Wednesday night at the Petersen Events Center, the Pitt men’s basketball team’s New Years Eve meltdown had to be fresh in the players’ minds. For Pitt’s seniors, who had yet to defeat Virginia in four tries, another haunting memory seemed to be replaying itself. ...

Notre Dame stuns Pitt in OT on Vasturia’s game-winner, 78-77

Pitt senior Jamel Artis (1) scored 25 points in the Panthers' 78-77 overtime loss to Notre Dame on New Year's Eve. TPN File Photo

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

December 31, 2016

Saturday’s game had the makings of a special start to conference play under the new regime for the Pitt men’s basketball team. Instead, it turned into a heart-wrenching ending for the Panthers at the Petersen Events Center on New Year’s Eve. Pitt (11-3 overall, 0-1 ACC) dropped its ACC opener to the No. 2...

Pitt men’s basketball holds off Marshall for 112-106 win

Sheldon Jeter launches in the air for a massive dunk.  Jeff Ahearn | Senior Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 29, 2016

The Pitt men’s basketball team wrapped up its nonconference schedule by continuing a familiar trend for the 2016 season — jumping out to an enormous lead, then barely scraping by for a win. The Panthers (11-2) led by 29 points with less than 15 minutes to play, but the Thundering Herd (7-6) storm...

Pitt men’s basketball routs Omaha in second half for 94-75 win

Pitt forward Ryan Luther set a school record Wednesday night by making 15 consecutive field goals. John Hamilton | Visual Editor

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 21, 2016

Michael Young again led the Pitt men's basketball team with 24 points Wednesday night, but the senior forward offered a simple two-word response for how the Panthers took control of the game against the Omaha Mavericks: Ryan Luther. After scoring a career-high 20 points on perfect 8-of-8 shooting Satu...

Pitt men’s basketball ekes out 81-73 win over Penn State

Pitt F Michael Young led the Panthers in scoring for the ninth game in a row with 29 points against Penn State. Meghan Sunners | Senior Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 10, 2016

The Pitt men’s basketball team picked up another win Saturday afternoon, but again the Panthers made it much harder on themselves than it needed to be. Pitt (8-2) allowed only 22 points in the first half against the Penn State Nittany Lions (6-5) while jumping out to a 20-point halftime lead. The...

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