Rutgers 62 – Pittsburgh 39: Panthers hit new low, dropping 5th straight


Rutgers 62 – Pittsburgh 39 The Pittsburgh Panthers (11-6, 0-4) put on an embarrassing display of offensive basketball, suffering a 62-39 defeat to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (10-7, 2-2 Big East) on Wednesday night at . Pitt dropped their fifth straight, the longest losing streak in the Jamie Dixon era, and the Scarlet Knights held the Panthers to 21 percent shooting (12 of 57). Pitt was dominated in all facets, as the Scarlet Knights out rebounded the Panthers 51-35, outscored them in the paint 23-14 and were intimidating down low, blocking six shots and forcing 15 Panthers turnovers. Pitt being out-rebounded by 16 was most disappointing for Nasir Robinson. “It was the most disappointing thing about the game because that is our main focus, ” Robinson said about the Panthers struggles. Head coach Jamie Dixon on the Panthers woes: “There is not a lot we can say, ” head coachRead More »

Pitt Hoops: Gibbs, Wanamaker lead Pitt to 74-53 victory over Robert Morris


Pittsburgh 74 – Robert Morris 53 One thing Jamie Dixon coached teams do is win non-conference home games as the Panthers improved to 100-1 in their past 101 non-conference home games in defeating Robert Morris 74-53 on Tuesday night at the Petersen Events Center. The No. 5 Panthers (6-0) improved to 29-0 All-time against Robert Morris and 69-0 against Northeast Conference teams. The Colonials kept things close in the 1st half but the Panthers pulled away in the 2nd half, behind a 20 point effort from Ashton Gibbs who led the Panthers in scoring. Brad Wanamaker scored 17 points and Gary McGhee had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Panthers. Gilbert Brown athleticism was on stage as Brown made a high flying soaring dunk that jumpstarted a 14-2 run for the Panthers. Brown had 11 points and 2 blocks in the game. “It was a good win for usRead More »

No. 6 West Virginia routs No. 21 Pittsburgh 70-51


West Virginia 70 – Pittsburgh 51 Da’Sean Butler scored 18 points and Devin Ebanks added a game-high 16 rebounds to lead No. 6 West Virginia (18-3) to a 70-51 victory over No. 21 Pittsburgh (16-6) Wednesday night at the WVU Coliseum in what was the 179th Backyard Brawl. Pittsburgh shot a woeful 30 percent from the field and made only 6 field goals in the second half. Pittsburgh has lost four of five games after an eight game winning streak and all of sudden Pitt is starting to resemble the young inconsistent team, that many thought we would see most nights this season. Pittsburgh scored 23 points in the second half, their second-lowest scoring total of the season but their ability to score points in the paint (26-14 advantage) kept them in the game through the first 27 minutes of the game, until West Virginia pulled away, outscoring Pitt 27-10Read More »

Former Pitt recruit hands Pittsburgh their second straight loss


The No. 9 Pittsburgh Panthers (15-4) lost for the second straight game, losing to Seton Hall 64-61 Sunday afternoon. The Panthers who have been the talk of the Big East after a 5-0 start are now 5-2 in conference play after back-to-back losses. Pitt’s five-game road win streak was also snapped. Former Pitt recruit Herb Pope had 19 points and nine rebounds, leading Seton Hall to their biggest win in over four years since head coach Bobby Gonzalez took over at Seton Hall. Ashton Gibbs led Pitt with 23 points but was 4-for-15 from the field and 1-for-7 from 3-point range. It was an off night for Gibbs who for his part was 14-for-14 at the free throw line. Jermaine Dixon added 11 points for Pitt as the Panthers only had two players score double-digit points. Pitt rebounded defensively after Wednesday’s lackluster performance but were not efficient in the offensiveRead More »

No. 16 Pittsburgh beats Louisville 82-77 in overtime


By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — It’s been said that this year’s Pitt men’s basketball team certainly is better than the sum of its parts, but a different one of those individual parts was instrumental in keeping the Panthers’ unblemished in the Big East. Sophomore Nasir Robinson tallied a career-high 26 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 16 Pittsburgh to a heart-stopping 82-77 overtime win against Louisville in a Big East Conference matchup Saturday afternoon at the Petersen Events Center. “Outside of a game against Duke with Christian Laetner (a 104-103 Duke win against Kentucky in the NCAA East Regional, March 28, 1992), this was the worst loss that I’ve experienced from a team playing so well and putting itself in a position to win,” Louisville coach Rick Pitino said. “I thought we executed terrific, but in overtime we did things we didn’t do the entire game. We needed toRead More »