Preview: Mount St. Mary’s vs. Pitt

Posted on Dec 5 2017 - 1:12pm by Cody Flavell
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Ryan Luther leads Pitt into their game against Mount St. Mary’s. (Photo Credit: Patrick Semansky/Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

Mount St. Mary’s (3-5) will visit the Petersen Events Center Tuesday night in a matchup against the Pitt Panthers (4-4) at 7:00 PM on ACC Network Extra.

The Panthers are coming off a 76-64 win in the City Game after a demoralizing loss last year against Duquense. The Panthers shot over 50% from the field for the third consecutive game and seem to be finding a groove they weren’t expected to reach this year, albeit, against some weak competition in the early going.

Mount St. Mary’s is also coming off of a win as they defeated Loyola in overtime, 80-75 on Saturday.

This will be the first of two consecutive games against a team named the Mountaineers. These Mountaineers are led by Jamion Christian who is in his sixth season as the head coach. Pittsburgh is led by second year coach Kevin Stallings.

Stallings has had his fair share of up-and-down moments with his team this season as they’ve experienced the growing pains expected of them. There were a lot of people unsure if Pitt would have 5 wins before conference play starts but they have an opportunity to do so tonight.

Freshman guard Parker Stewart has found some success from the three-point arc in the past four games as he’s 8-of-14 from beyond the arc. Marcus Carr, one of their more precious recruits heading into this season, has been everything they could’ve asked for as he has facilitated the offense in a big way for the Panthers.

One of Pitt’s big problems tonight will be to focus on the task at hand. Everyone is excited for the renewal of the Backyard Brawl on Saturday night against No. 18 West Virginia as Pitt would love nothing more than to beat those Mountaineers. The biggest mistake they could make is overlooking Mount St. Mary’s, a team they should beat soundly, because they’re too focused on what’s to come Saturday.