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Florida State Edges Out Pitt, 5-3, to Take 2-0 Sequence Lead



After an further innings loss on Friday evening, Pitt fell once more to Florida State on Saturday afternoon at Mike Martin Area at Dick Howser Stadium in Tallahassee because the Seminoles edged out the Panthers, 5-3.

With the loss, Pitt is now 7-8 on the season and 0-2 in ACC play. The Panthers will wrap up its ACC opening collection with Florida State on Sunday at 1 p.m.

The Seminoles acquired out of the gates with 4 runs within the backside of the primary to take a 4-0 lead. Jaime Ferrer acquired issues began by singling by way of the left facet to knock in a run. Jordan Carrion then doubled to proper area to deliver house one other run, and identical to that, Florida State led 2-0. Cam Smith concluded the inning by singling by way of the left facet to earn two extra runs for the Seminoles. To say the least, it was a tough opening inning for Pitt righty Kyle Mosley.

The Panthers had bases loaded with no person out after walks by Noah Martinez and Jack Anderson and a single by Kyle Hess within the prime of the fourth. Issues appeared promising for Pitt to get some runs, however Florida State lefty Wyatt Crowell had different concepts. Crowell struck out two Pitt batters and compelled an out at house plate to retire the facet.

Jayden Melendez hit a solo shot within the prime of the seventh to deliver the Panthers inside three runs at 4-1. Hess then acquired walked with the bases loaded to deliver house one other run for Pitt. Jamie Arnold struck out Justin Acal to finish the inning and put a halt to Pitt’s two-run scoring surge.

Florida State rebounded and scratched throughout one other run within the backside of the eight to extend its result in 5-2. Nander De Sedas scored off an unearned run after a throwing error by Pitt catcher Jaylen Melendez.

The Panthers made it a two-run ballgame within the prime of the ninth, due to a RBI single by Hess to deliver house CJ Funk. Pitt was unable to muster any extra runs, nevertheless, as Andrew Armstrong struck out Nessler with the bases loaded to finish the sport.


Jeff Capel Praises Defensive Efficiency, 22-2 Begin in 18-Level Victory



GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Panthers are nonetheless dancing. Pitt defeated Iowa State 59-41 Friday afternoon within the First Spherical of the NCAA Event and can battle former Pitt guard and Xavier head coach Sean Miller on Sunday. 

The Panthers held Iowa State to its lowest level complete within the NCAA Event since a 40-31 loss to Utah in 1944. 

“Unbelievably pleased with my group. What an unbelievable defensive efficiency,” Capel mentioned. “I mentioned to those guys within the locker room, we had been a extremely good defensive group for almost all of the yr aside from the final month of the season, and we’ve actually dialed again in these previous two video games and performed at an elite stage. Actually, actually pleased with them.”

Pitt started the sport on a 22-2 run, forward by 20 factors and never permitting Iowa State to make a discipline purpose till ten minutes into play, the Panthers highway their sizzling begin to an 18-point win. 

“We received off to an unbelievable begin,” Capel mentioned. “We withstood a run from them. We got here again from halftime and received organized, received out offense organized once more, and we did a extremely good job of attacking them. However the principle factor the entire time was our protection.”

Federiko Federiko returned to the court docket after not taking part in in Dayton in opposition to Mississippi State on Tuesday as a consequence of a knee damage, described on the truTV broadcast as an MCL sprain. He offered 11 minutes off the bench in his first-ever Event look.

“The minutes that Federiko gave us had been enormous,” Capel mentioned. “To have the ability to get him again and, primary, for him to expertise this, to expertise March Insanity after which to come back in and play properly, to attain within the first half, to dam a shot late within the sport. The minutes that he gave us in and the vitality he performed with was superior.”

Guillermo Diaz Graham as soon as once more stepped into the beginning 5 and offered a strong efficiency. In 25 minutes, Guillermo scored 9 factors and grabbed eight rebounds. He additionally totaled three blocks. Probably the most memorable performs got here on a go from Jorge to Guillermo to assist Pitt put the sport out of attain.

“One of many largest performs and one of many coolest performs was to look at these two guys make the go to one another and see how excited they had been afterwards,” Capel mentioned. “For Jorge to come back in and play in addition to he did down the stretch for us, it was actually massive.”

Pitt faces the Xavier Musketeers Sunday at a time but to be decided. Sean Miller performed for Pitt from 1987-92, averaging 10 factors and 5.8 assists in 128 video games over 4 seasons. He famously was the one who handed the basketball to Jerome Lane for some of the iconic performs in Pitt historical past, as Jerome despatched it in. The Panthers look to go away Greensboro in a special vogue than they did final week in the course of the ACC Event, and stay dancing additional on into March.

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11-Seed Pitt Suffocates 6-Seed Iowa State in Spherical of 64 Blowout, 59-41



GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Pitt Panthers are nonetheless dancing.

On Friday afternoon, 11-seed Pitt — led by its veterans and an impressive defensive effort — dominated sixth-seeded Iowa State from wire-to-wire, incomes its second NCAA Event victory in a row and advancing to the Spherical of 32 with the 59-41 victory.

The Panthers got here out firing, opening with a shocking 22-2 run kickstarted by a Guillermo Diaz-Graham three to open the sport. Blake Hinson — matching up in opposition to his former workforce — additionally added an early three, confidently sinking his from the emblem. Nike Sibande — with some assist from the backboard — banked in his first three-point try as properly.

The Panthers have been in nice form from the beginning. Iowa State had missed its first eight area objectives, fouled Pitt six instances, and turned the ball over thrice, all within the first eight minutes of the sport.

Iowa State then earned its first two buckets of the sport after 11 minutes had handed by, and used them to jolt a 15-4 run of its personal to climb again in.

By the half, the Cyclones had trimmed Pitt’s result in seven. The Panthers did not hit a area objective within the closing six minutes of the half, and the Cyclones minimize proper into the deficit to make this one a ballgame heading into the latter body. On the break, Jamarius Burton and Diaz-Graham led the Panthers with seven factors apiece, whereas Sibande and Greg Elliott adopted with 4.

After a sloppy first 5 minutes, Pitt regained the momentum early within the second behind a hungry Nelly Cummings, who used an and-one floater and a deep three to create a 6-2 run of his personal to open the body.

Whereas Cummings led the early run, the Panthers couldn’t maintain the ball all through the next minutes. Fortunately for Jeff Capel and firm, the Cyclones have been simply as chilly. Whereas Pitt turned the ball over 4 instances in a five-minute span virtually mid-way by the half, the Cyclones missed 11 straight pictures from the sphere, turning this one into an absolute slugfest.

Hinson missed his first 4 three-point tries of the latter half, however hit two massive free throws with simply over ten minutes to go to increase Pitt’s lead again as much as 14, 40-26.

Nonetheless, issues quickly went a bit bitter for the Panthers. Hinson picked up a technical foul for flopping after a three-point try, then shortly after picked up his fourth private foul. Subsequent, Burton and the Panthers did not get the ball over half court docket in time, leading to a 10-second violation.

With simply over seven minutes remaining, Pitt snapped out of its chilly streak with an exquisite give-and-go between the Panthers’ youngest gamers: the Diaz-Graham twins. Guillermo handed it to Jorge on the wing, then instantly minimize to the rim. Jorge discovered him, Guillermo threw down the slam, and the Pitt followers in attendance have been on their toes.

Cummings adopted with one other large layup, extending Pitt’s lead again as much as 14 and forcing Iowa State’s TJ Otzelberger to take a timeout.

Whereas Pitt stayed constant on each ends, the Cyclones struggled mightily. Iowa State hit simply two of its first 22 field-goal tries within the second half, failing to realize any momentum all through the half.

With slightly below 5 minutes to play and all of the momentum leaning in the direction of the Panthers, Pitt closed out the win with an enormous 10-0 run, taking the rating from 40-30 to 50-30. Pitt’s Sibande elevated for an enormous three pointer from the nook — on which he earned an additional free throw as properly — to increase the result in 20.

Pitt closed out the victory with a transition bucket from Elliott and game-clinching free throws from.

The upset was full. Pitt regarded like the higher workforce from the second the ball was tipped. For the Panthers, Cummings completed with 13 factors to prepared the ground, adopted by Burton’s 11 and Elliott’s 10. Pitt received the rebounding battle 39-36.

With the win, Pitt improves its file to 24-11 on the yr and advances to play head coach Sean Miller and the 3-seed Xavier Musketeers within the spherical of 32 on Sunday, March 20, as soon as once more in Greensboro.

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WATCH: Federiko Federiko Updates Damage Standing, Says He’s Feeling Higher



GREENSBORO, N.C. —   Forward of Pitt’s spherical of 64 matchup towards six seed Iowa State, Pitt’s Federiko Federiko up to date his harm standing with Pittsburgh Sports activities Now.

Federiko missed Pitt’s First 4 recreation towards Mississippi State on account of a knee harm suffered towards Georgia Tech within the ACC Event Freshman Guillermo Diaz-Graham began in his place, enjoying a career-high 37 minutes and arising with an enormous block within the last seconds of Pitt’s victory.

The Finnish huge man is averaging seven factors and greater than 5 rebounds per recreation in his first season with the Panthers.

No. 11 Pitt takes on Iowa State on Friday, March 17 at 3:10 p.m stay from Greensboro.

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