Pitt hosts Alabama State at Peterson Events Center in an easy win over the Hornets.
With only about 15 minutes to play, the Panthers actually looked like an ACC team taking on a winless team in SWAC.
The final score was 73-54 in favor of Pitt, but it’s not an exaggeration to say that Alabama State was better for most of the first half, with Pitt 10-2 early on Take the lead, tie it at 13, then take the lead and push it to 12.
That’s right: Pitt trailed Alabama 30-18 with less than 6 minutes left in the first half, and there’s no guarantee the Panthers can make up the gap they’re early Just play the way.
Alabama State’s zone defense forced Pete to rely too much on outside shooting, which was unreliable at best. The Panthers made 3 of 15 3-pointers in the first half, and those shots accounted for nearly half of their 33 field goal attempts before halftime.
Meanwhile, Alabama is hitting everything. The Hornets made 11 of 23 shots and 4 of 6 three-pointers to build a 12-point lead. But Pitt’s zone eventually slowed the visitors, and Alabama State went 2-for-5 from the field, missed one 3-pointer and had four turnovers in the final five minutes of the first half.
This gave Pitt a chance, and the Panthers took it. Blake Hinson blocked an Alabama State guard for a layup, and John Hugley – working off the bench – followed with a conversion and -1 to lead The advantage narrows to 7.
Hugley and Hinson continued to press, Pitt finished the half 12-4 with five points each, and the Panthers trailed 34-31 entering the locker room.
In contrast, the second half was all about Pete. The 12-4 run at halftime continued after halftime as Alabama State made just one field goal in the first eight minutes of the second half when the Under-8 media stopped at 6:59 and the Hornets After the team had come out of the locker room, only two shots were made.
On the contrary, Pete cannot be missed. The Panthers shot 15 of 29 in the second half. That included 7 of 14 three-pointers.
Hinson led the game throughout, scoring a game-high 18 points on 6-for-11 shooting. He also grabbed 5 rebounds. Sugarley had 10 points and nine rebounds, while Nike Westband scored in double figures with 17 points on 5-of-14 shooting, including two 3-pointers.
Pitt played without senior guard Jamarius Burton dealing with knee inflammation. As a result, veteran point guard Nellie Cummings played the first 38 minutes of the game, scoring 10 points, six rebounds and five assists with just two turnovers. Freshman Jorge Diaz-Graham added nine points off the bench and made all of his 3-pointers.
Pitt (2-3) broke a three-game losing streak with the win and will play one more game before Thanksgiving, when the Panthers host Fee on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. Fairleigh Dickinson.