Pitt Panthers hand Maryland Terrapins their first loss, 73-59

Posted on Nov 29 2016 - 11:12pm by Rachael McKriger
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The Pittsburgh Panthers men’s basketball team has increased their winning streak to four games after a 73-59 win over the Maryland Terrapins on Tuesday night.

The Panthers were led in scoring by Michael Young, who led the pack with 25 points. Jamel Artis followed behind with 22 points, while Cameron Johnson finished the double-digit scoring with 11 points.

Leading on the defensive spectrum, Young led the team in rebounds with nine. He was followed by Ryan Luther, who recorded seven rebounds. Three players- Sheldon Jeter, Chris Jones, and Artis- all recorded six rebounds. Artis also led the team in assists with three.

The Terrapins were led in scoring by Melo Trimble, who put up 13 points. Fellow double-digit scorers were Anthony Cowan (11) and Michal Cekovsky (10). Damonte Dodd led the team in rebounds with five while Trimble led the team in assists with five.

For Maryland, it was the Terrapins first loss of the season, after going undefeated against teams like American University, Georgetown, St. Mary’s, Towson, Stony Brook, Richmond, and Kansas State. As for the Panthers, they’ve lost one game this season, against Southern Methodist University.

“We’re very happy, we feel very fortunate to win,” head coach Kevin Stalling said after the game. “We beat a very good team. They played two hard fought games on Friday and Saturday… We caught them (Maryland) at a good time. I thought our team played about as well in the first half as we’ve played on both ends. We were alert and active.”

“Give Pitt a lot of credit, Pitt was great,” Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon said. “Big, strong, physical team. Veteran team. They kind of punched us in the mouth in the first half. We didn’t respond very well to it. We let our offense affect our defense in the first half. They were great.”

The Pitt Panthers will return to action against the Duquesne Dukes at the PPG Paints Arena on Friday, Dec. 2. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Photo of Michael Young, Pitt Panthers, courtesy of Tommy Gilligan-USA Today Sports.

Photo of Michael Young, Pitt Panthers, courtesy of Tommy Gilligan-USA Today Sports.

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