If you’re a Pitt Panthers basketball fan, turn away. The results were ugly with Penn State (5-0) having their way with a Pitt (1-3) team that couldn’t do much of anything right as the Nittany Lions picked up the 85-54 victory.
“We got hit in the mouth,” head coach Kevin Stallings said at the opening of his press conference following the game. He wasn’t wrong.
Penn State was led by sharp-shooting guard, Tony Carr’s 16 points including shooting 4/4 from beyond the arc. The lone bright spot for Pitt was Jared Wilson-Frame’s 17 points although he was 6/19 from the floor. That seemed to be the story of the night for Pitt.
Carr had a career night from beyond the arc and opened up about it afterwards.
“I didn’t do anything different,” Carr said. “I just took my open shots like coach would want me to do.”
Allowing 58% from the floor is troubling enough, which Pitt allowed Penn State to do Monday. Even more troubling, though, is the 32% Pitt shot from the floor. Pitt drained 18 baskets over the course of the entire night. They took 56 shots.
“They had confidence,” Wilson-Frame said. “They made shots that we wouldn’t expect them to make. They were feeling themselves.”
Penn State, on the other hand, had contributions from just about anybody who stepped foot on the floor. In fact, the game was so bad at one point, the announcer’s spent at least 5 minutes talking about how Steph Curry had arrived to watch the majority of the second half. The ESPN 3 producers also felt the need to show a stat in which Penn State had gone on a 19-0 run at one point since Curry showed up.
Penn State forward, Lamar Stevens, had a double-double scoring 10 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Mike Watkins, Penn State’s center, had 3 blocks and went 6/6 from the field.
Pitt’s troubles started early as the Nittany Lions held a 16-3 lead at the first media timeout. They couldn’t rebound and their shooting woes compounded late into the game. They allowed redshirt freshman, Samson George, to come off the bench and play towards the end of the game as he had a point from the foul line and recorded a rebound.
Penn State will play for the Progressive Legends Classic championship at 6 PM Tuesday against 16th ranked Texas A&M. Coach Pat Chambers has a simple message for his team heading into that one.
“It’s still the same,” Chambers remarked. “Let’s get better everyday. We’re going to go out, compete, and have some fun.”
Pitt will square off against Oklahoma State in the consolation game of the Progressive Legends Classic tomorrow at 3:30 PM on ESPNU.
“It helps that we won’t have time to dwell on it,” Stallings said. “We need to get over it quickly and be ready to play tomorrow.”