Pitt improved to 3-4 on the season tonight as they beat High Point University 71-63 in an exciting game. Pitt fans had to be excited with not only the outcome, but, there were two key things I got out of this game.
Freshman guys getting used to the game
- A key example of this is freshman guard Marcus Carr. Coming into tonight Carr was only averaging 7.75 points per game (PPG) and 2.75 rebounds per game (RPG). On top of this he was shooting 28 percent from the three point line. Tuesday night, he came ready and his play even notched him being named the Armchair Pitt Player Of The Game. Carr went for 19 points on three for three shooting from behind the three, six for six shooting from the free throw line and he also grabbed five boards. Seeing this play from the Freshman out of Toronto is very nice to see as you can tell he is finally starting to get acclimated to the college game.
- Another guy who came in and really showed he is starting to get used to the college game is freshman guard Shamiel Stevenson. Stevenson has been playing very well off the bench this year, however, Tuesday in my opinion he had his best game yet. It wasn’t his highest point total, but, I think he played his best all-around game of the season. He dropped eight points alongside six rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal.
Upperclassmen continue to play well
- Junior guard Jared Wilson-Frame has been playing well all season and he continued playing very well tonight as he scored 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting from the three. On top of that, he had four assists, two rebounds and one block. Wilson-Frame hit a clutch three as time on the shot clock was expiring with around four minutes left in the game to extend the lead to four at that point. Him continuing to stay hot is going to be a key for this Panthers team.
- Senior guard Jonathan Milligan has been playing well all season long and tonight he stayed hot. At the end of the game he hit some crucial free throws and he shot lights out from the free throw line tonight as he went eight for eight from the line. He went for 12 points, two assists, one rebound, one block and one steal. A good all-around game from Milligan and it is good to see him continuing to play well in his senior campaign.
- Senior forward Ryan Luther was looked at as a key player coming into this season and he has impressed so far. He continued to impress tonight as he almost recorded a double double in a very impressive game. Luther went for 15 points, eight rebounds, five assists, three blocks and one steal. He was a crucial piece in tonight’s win.
A look at the stats
As a team Pitt lead in every category besides for steals. Pitt shot 55 percent from the field compared to High Point’s 37.3 percent. The Panthers shot 42.1 percent from behind the three compared to High Point’s 18.2 percent. Pitt shot great from the line tonight at 86.4 percent from the free throw line compared to High Point’s 73.3 percent. Pitt outrebounded High Point 34-30. Pitt had 14 assists to High Point’s 10. Pitt had seven blocks compared to High Point’s one. High Point forced more turnovers than the Panthers as they forced 22 to the Panthers 10.
WHATS UP NEXT
Up next for the Panthers is the battle of the two city teams at Duquesne University. This game will be played on Friday at 7:00 PM.