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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.

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

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor January 8, 2021
Pitt beat Syracuse for the first time since 2017 behind a thrilling second half comeback.
‘‘Diese is gonna be ‘Diese’: Toney juggles pain, success and responsibility

‘‘Diese is gonna be ‘Diese’: Toney juggles pain, success and responsibility

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor December 21, 2020
Throughout his tenure in Oakland, Au’Diese Toney has had to juggle success, responsibility and unimaginable grief. But through it all, he’s been one of Pitt’s steadiest players.
Ithiel Horton scored 18 points in the Panthers 70-55 win over Miami

Horton corrects cold shooting, Panthers crush ‘Canes 70-55

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor December 16, 2020
Pitt men’s basketball (5-1 overall, 1-0 ACC) made their longest road trip of the season on Wednesday night and came away with a win against a shorthanded Miami (3-2 overall, 0-1 ACC). Junior forward Au’Diese Toney’s efficient scoring was aided by a breakout performance from redshirt sophomore guard Ithiel Horton in the victory.
Carolyn Pallof | Senior Staff Photographer

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

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor 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).
Carolyn Pallof | Senior Staff Photographer

Panthers fall to St. Francis in season opener, 80-70

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor November 26, 2020
An empty arena, socially distant benches, coaches and staff in masks — college basketball is back and, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, looks wildly different. But for Pitt men’s basketball, opening night on Wednesday was like deja vu.
The Pitt men’s basketball team returned to the Petersen Events Center Wednesday for their first official practice of the 2020 season.

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

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor October 16, 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.
The Oakland Zoo celebrates the first basket of the Pitt men’s basketball game versus West Virginia in November with the traditional tossing of newspaper shreds.

High expectations run rampant among today’s Pitt fans

By Alex Lehmbeck, Senior Staff Writer May 26, 2020
The Pitt News put out a Pitt athletics fan survey to our readers for the past few weeks. Questioned on topics new and old, readers proved to be a dedicated fanbase with high expectations for the present day’s teams, but also nostalgic for the glory days of Pitt athletics. Here are the full details.
Sophomore guard Au’Diese Toney scored 15 points during Pitt’s 82-67 loss to Florida State on Tuesday.

Pitt drops sixth straight to NC State, 77-73

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor February 29, 2020
They traveled to Raleigh, North Carolina on Saturday looking to snap another long skid against NC State (18-11 overall, 9-9 ACC), to whom the Panthers (15-15 overall, 6-13 ACC) have lost nine straight contests, but fell agonizingly short in a 77-73 loss. Poor free throw shooting made for long scoring droughts and the Wolfpack capitalized on their opponent’s mediocrity from the charity stripe. 
Sophomore guard Xavier Johnson (1) at last year’s matchup against Syracuse at the Pete.

Pitt to stifle Syracuse stars on senior night

By Alex Lehmbeck, Staff Writer February 25, 2020
With the Oakland Zoo behind it and an improved performance against Syracuse’s infamous zone defense, Pitt will upset the Orange following Wednesday’s senior night festivities.
Sophomore guard Au’Diese Toney scored 15 points during Pitt’s 82-67 loss to Florida State on Tuesday.

Pitt overpowered by FSU, sustains 3-game skid

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor February 19, 2020
And on Tuesday, the trajectory of both teams kept constant. The Panthers (15-12 overall, 6-10 ACC) were overpowered by No. 8 Florida State, (22-4 overall, 12-3 ACC) 82-67 on Tuesday night. The Seminoles avenged their opening-night loss to the Panthers and remained in the hunt for a No. 1 seed in March’s NCAA Tournament.
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