Pitt Vs. Georgetown: Panthers Roll To 72-57 Win On The Road

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Pitt Vs. Georgetown: Shooting Cools Off But Panthers Still Win

The Panthers’ shooting has been red hot lately, but cooled off a bit tonight. Still, the team didn’t let that get in the way as the team brought home a nice 72-57 road win against No. 19 Georgetown.

Pitt shot 44% from the field and 35% from three-point range. Not bad, but certainly not as good as the team has been shooting lately. The Panthers also didn’t get much from its bench tonight (a total of eight points, ten rebounds, and five assists).

Still, that was plenty enough to beat the Hoyas. Pitt continued its hot shooting early on and opened up a 17-point halftime lead, which was the school’s record for a Big East road game. The team was never heavily challenged after that even though Georgetown played a bit better in the second half.

Ashton Gibbs had a great game, scoring 22 points and hitting five of his ten three-pointers. Brad Wanamaker, recently named to the Wooden Award Midseason List, chipped in 14. And Gilbert Brown didn’t have a great night shooting (2-9), but found a way to be effective, getting to the free throw line where he hit eight of nine shots.

After a momentary lapse against Marquette last weekend, Pitt's trademark defense returned as the team held Georgetown to 38% shooting from the field. Chris Wright, who killed Pitt to the tune of 27 points last season, led Georgetown with 14.

Even though the Hoyas have been struggling mightily over their past few games, this is an impressive win for Pitt. They held onto a big lead and won on the road against a ranked (well, at least they were ranked) Big East team. Pitt now faces Seton Hall in a home game on Saturday.

For more post-game analysis, check out SB Nation Pitt blog, Cardiac Hill.


Pitt Vs. Georgetown: Panthers Face Major Road Test In Game Against Hoyas

If you had your Pitt basketball schedule at the beginning of the year, this was one game that should have been circled. Pitt is facing its first major road test Wednesday night against Georgetown.

As if Georgetown didn't have enough on their hands playing its first game against a ranked team in their building, West Virginia traveled to D.C. and beat the Hoyas a few days ago. So you can bet Georgetown will come out as a desperate team hoping to avoid its second straight home defeat.

The Hoyas are a respectable 12-4, but have dropped three of their past four games, against Notre Dame, West Virginia, and St. John's. With the Big East schedule in full swing, Georgetown can ill afford to continue losing conference games ... especially with so many tough teams still on its schedule. The Hoyas travel to UConn, Villanova, and have two games against maybe the league's best team in the Syracuse Orange. So needless to say, the game on Wednesday night is a big one for Georgetown.

Georgetown, typically a very good rebounding team, is ranked 222nd in the nation in that category. One thing that's helped it stay afloat so far is the team has shot more than 51% from the field on the season.

It sounds broad, but this game could come down to Pitt's defense against Georgetown's offense. Pitt's trademark defense was rather poor against Marquette on Saturday, giving up 81 points. If Pitt can force Georgetown into taking bad shots, the Panthers should have the edge on the glass.

Another thing to watch for is the Panthers' offense, which has been red-hot, especially from three-point range. Pitt has made 25 three-pointers in its past three games and has shot 52% from that distance.

In their only true road test this season, Pitt struggled against Providence, even trailing in the final minute before winning a close game. It could be more of the same Wednesday.

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