By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — That thud heard emanating from Oakland was the Pitt men’s basketball team’s eight-game winning streak and undefeated start to the Big East season coming to an abrupt halt. Pittsburgh fought gamely, but in the end poor free-throw shooting and off games by key players — as well as hot shooting by opposing guard Chris Wright — led to Georgetown’s 74-66 win against the Panthers Wednesday night at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt falls to 15-3 overall, 5-1 in the Conference, while the Hoyas are 14-3 and 5-2. The Panthers, who were ranked ninth this week, also had their 31-straight home winning streak snapped and dropped to 125-11 overall and 51-10 against Big East opponents at the Pete. “We’re very disappointed in the outcome, because I thought we really could have played better,” Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said. “And I really haven’t felt that we’ve defendedRead More »
By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — While some wondered early this season whether the Pitt men’s basketball team would make a ninth straight NCAA Tournament or have to settle for the NIT, the Panthers have played so well lately that they’re on the verge of setting a record for the program. No. 9 Pittsburgh (15-2) has won eight straight and 11 of 12 overall, but the Panthers are going for a 6-0 Big East start for the first time. Pitt faces No. 12 Georgetown (13-3, 4-2) Wednesday night at 7 at the Petersen Events Center. This is the 73rd matchup in the all-time series that the Hoyas lead 39-33, but Pitt has won three straight and is 3-1 home. The Panthers and Georgetown have met in two of the past three Big East Tournament title games. “They’re a tough team to guard, so we have to do a good job onRead More »
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 »
By John Perrotto Pitt, without question, has been one of college basketball’s biggest surprises this season. The Panthers were unranked and expected to finish in the middle of the Big East pack at the beginning of the season. It was supposed to be a rebuilding year for coach Jamie Dixon after losing four starters from a team that reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament and came within a whisker of advancing to the Final Four before losing to Villanova. Yet, Pitt will take a 14-2 overall record and a 4-0 conference mark into its game with Louisville (12-5, 3-1) on Saturday afternoon at the Petersen Events Center. Each of the Panthers’ last three games have resulted in conference road victories as they have beaten Syracuse, Cincinnati and Connecticut. “This team has been interesting in that it has improved so much from the start of the year,” Dixon said.Read More »
The No. 16 Pittsburgh Panthers put together another impressive road victory Wednesday night, defeating No. 15 Connecticut 67-57. The Panthers (14-2) won for the seventh straight time and improved their record to 4-0 in the Big East. After a nine day layoff between games, following two key road wins against Syracuse and Cincinnati, Pittsburgh didn’t lose any of their momentum. Brad Wanamaker and Ashton Gibbs each scored 19 points and the young Panthers have a swagger about them. Pittsburgh dominated on the boards, out-rebounding Connecticut 40-31, including 26-13 in the second half. “We out rebounded them by 13 in second half, and clearly that was the difference, ” head coach Jamie Dixon said. Pitt is playing Jamie Dixon type of basketball in the defensive end and on the boards but are playing more of an up-tempo style in the offensive zone that suits the athleticism they have on the outside.Read More »
University of Pittsburgh defensive end Greg Romeus has informed Dave Wannstedt this week that he plans on returning to Pitt for his senior season. Romeus was a key member of one of the nations best defensive lines. This season, Romeus was named co-Big East Defensive Player of the Year after collecting 43 tackles, 11.5 tackes for a loss, 8 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and an interception. KDKA TV will have an exclusive one-on-one interview with Romeus tonight during their 6:00 p.m. newscast.
The Pittsburgh Panthers (12-2, 2-0) continued their dominance at the Carrier Dome as Ashton Gibbs scored 24 points and Jermaine Dixon added 21 points to lead Pittsburgh to an 82-72 victory over the previously unbeaten No.5 Syracuse Orange (13-1). Trailing 30-27 after the first half, Pitt went on a 14-3 run in the second half and jumped out to a 60-47 lead as the Panthers outscored Syracuse 55-42 in the second half. Pitt opens up the Big East season 2-0. Through 14 games, Ashton Gibbs has established himself as Pitt’s go-to-player, scoring double digit points in 12 of 14 games and back-to-back games with 20+ points. Gibbs led the way for the Panthers offensively but also added 8 rebounds and was 6-for-9 from three point range. Dixon played a complete game scoring 21 points and had a team high 5 steals. Pitt was aggressive on defense and on the boards.Read More »
Cincinnati 45 – Pittsburgh 44 Tony Pike’s 29-yard touchdown pass to Armon Binns with 33 seconds remaining finished No. 5 Cincinnati’s thrilling comeback from a 21-point deficit, and the Bearcats defeated No. 15 Pittsburgh 45-44 Saturday afternoon at Heinz Field to secure a BCS berth and their second consecutive Big East title. Panthers had leads of leads of 31-10, 38-24 and 44-38 only to have the Bearcats rally from each score. Mardy Gilyard’s 99 yard kick return for a touchdown near the end of the first half cut into Pittsburgh’s 31-10 lead as Gilyards return touchdown was a turning point in the game. The Bearcats were able to gain some momentum going into the locker room and went onto score 28 second half points. What Pitt didn’t want to do was get into a shootout with star quarterback Tony Pike. That’s exactly what happened in the second half. Pike threwRead More »
By John Perrotto It was finally time to get a good read on the Pitt basketball team Tuesday night after the Panthers bolted to a 4-0 start against a soft schedule. The early verdict on a very young team that currently has no returning starters in their lineup is this after Pitt gave No. 3 Texas a pretty good battle before eventually losing 78-62 in the championship game of the xxx at Kansas City, Mo.: The Panthers aren’t one of the nation’s elite team as they have been through the better part of this decade but they still look like a team capable of getting to the NCAA Tournament. Pitt won’t face a more talented team the rest of the season unless they run into Kansas or Michigan State in the NCAAs. The Longhorns run wave after wave of ultra-athletic guards at teams in their pressure defense and have thisRead More »
Eighth-ranked West Virginia ran its record to 2-0 with a 69-50 victory over The Citadel Tuesday night at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, W.Va. The Mountaineers had control of the game from onset, jumping out to an early 10-3 lead, and West Virginia had leads of 14 and 21 in the second half. Cameron Wells led all scorers with 19 points and John Flowers came off the bench to give West Virginia a big boost with 13 points in 22 minutes played. The Mountaineers also got strong performances from Kevin Jones (11 pts), Darryl Bryant (10 pts), and Casey Mitchell who each had double digit points. The Citadel held Da’Sean Butler to nine points in the game.