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Jerome Lane Remembers Stellar Pitt Profession and “The Dunk” 35 Years Later



Jerome Lane

For many Pitt followers and even informal basketball followers, they know or have no less than seen Jerome Lane’s well-known glass shattering dunk.

This unbelievable show of athleticism that made this play so spectacular has led folks typically check with it as, “The Dunk.”

Then ranked No. 11 Pitt confronted off in opposition to Huge East opponent Windfall on Jan. 25, 1988, on the Fitzgerald Subject Home.

The Panthers led the Friars 6-5 with about 16 minutes left within the first half. Panthers senior ahead Demetrius Gore tipped an inbounds play by the Friars and the ball discovered itself within the palms of first-year guard Sean Miller, who pushed the ball down the courtroom and located Lane, then a junior ahead, with a fast move.

Lane, operating down the correct wing, acquired the move, took two steps and jumped up. Akin to a Clyde Drexler “Glide” dunk, Lane rose up and slammed the ball on Windfall sophomore guard Carlton Display screen, destroying the backboard.

He then celebrated along with his teammates on the courtroom in first-year guard Jason Matthews, senior ahead Charles Smith, Gore and Miller.

Pitt postponed the sport for half-hour so they might exchange the backboard. They’d go on to demolish Windfall, 90-56, in a win that improved them to 14-2 on the season and 4-1 in Huge East play.

Pittsburgh Sports activities Now spoke to Lane on Tuesday, specializing in “The Dunk,” the celebration on Wednesday and his Pitt profession as an entire.

The dunk will at all times function a memorable second for Lane, irrespective of what number of occasions folks present it to him or how typically he sees it.

“Not too many individuals can neglect about it as a result of it’s so memorable,” Lane mentioned. “All the things’s simply set in stone. The dunk occurred, the glass falling in your head, the gamers come knock the glass of your head, all people’s celebrating with you. You go into the locker room, make plans about the way you’re going to come back again out on the courtroom. Heat up once more and get to play in that recreation once more.”

One huge a part of that memorable dunk is the decision by colour commentator Invoice Raftery in that recreation. His signature, “Ship it in Jerome!” name is one thing that those that have seen the dunk on quite a few events bear in mind endlessly, together with Lane himself, who credit Raftery for making that dunk as particular because it was.

“With out Invoice [Raftery], the calling of the dunk, it most likely wouldn’t have been as thrilling with out Invoice,” Lane mentioned. “As a result of for those who hear, “Ship it In!” You already realize it’s Jerome Lane. 

In honor of the thirty fifth anniversary of the dunk, Pitt is bringing again Lane to the Petersen Occasions Middle on Wednesday, Jan. 25 as they tackle Wake Forest at 7 p.m.

Lane will signal autographs on the Pitt Store within the Thomas E. Richards Household Foyer previous to the sport from 6-6:45 p.m. The primary 1,500 followers that attend the sport additionally obtain a pint glass honoring the dunk and the primary 1,000 college students within the Oakland Zoo obtain Jerome Lane shirt jerseys.

The occasion was a straightforward determination for Lane to attend and play a component in. He’s shut with former Pitt Basketball participant Sam Clancy (1977-81) who works within the Athletic Division serving to with occasions and Lane mentioned that he’s at all times obtainable in the event that they want him.

Lane can also be excited for the celebration to see all of the followers and likewise as a result of he’ll deliver a big portion of his household with him. He mentioned that as he will get older, he understands the significance of celebrating within the current, particularly with the demise of his teammate Gore, in 2020.

“I’ll most likely deliver round 20, 25 folks this time to have a good time this as a result of it won’t occur once more,” Lane mentioned. “I’m getting up in age and I simply wish to them see one thing particular and I would like most of my household to be there. I hope most of my followers may be there and that I can see the supporters that have been there and that also help are going to be there tomorrow.”

The dunk gives an ideal second for celebration, however to some extent, it additionally causes many individuals to miss how spectacular of a participant Lane was throughout his time at Pitt from 1985-88.

Standing at simply 6-foot-6 and weighing 230 kilos, Lane confirmed his prowess as a rebounder. He grew to become the shortest participant in 30 years to steer the NCAA with 13.5 rebounds per recreation in his sophomore season in 1986-87.

Lane additionally holds the document for many rebounds as a sophomore with 444 in 1986-87 and as a junior in 1987-88 with 378 in Panthers historical past. These 444 rebounds whole, his 246 defensive rebounds his and 198 offensive rebounds in 1986-87 are all probably the most in a season in Pitt historical past. He completed with 970 rebounds over his Pitt profession, which ranks third most in program historical past, behind Smith and Clancy.

Lane additionally confirmed his skill as a scorer averaging of 13.1 factors per recreation in 92 appearances over his three seasons at Pitt. His 26 double-doubles in 1986-87 are probably the most in a season in Pitt historical past and his 46 whole double-doubles are the third most in a Pitt profession.

Lane would end his Pitt profession as a two-time All-American, Third-Staff in 1986-1987 and Consensus Second-Staff in 1987-1988, and earned First-Staff Huge East honors in 1987-88 as effectively.

A number of the hardest moments Lane had in his profession got here within the NCAA Event, one thing that many Pitt followers perceive utterly.

No. 3 Pitt fell within the Second Spherical to No. 6 Oklahoma in an in depth, 96-93 battle in 1987. Pitt earned a No. 2 seed in 1988, however as soon as once more misplaced within the Second Spherical, this time to Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt guard Barry Coheen hit a buzzer-beater 3-pointer that pressured the sport into extra time, the place Pitt fell 80-74.

Lane, who made a program document 20 rebounds in an NCAA Event recreation in that recreation, mentioned that the Vanderbilt loss “nearly killed him” and described his Pitt profession as, “somebody who at all times gave 100%.”

“They don’t know nothing about Jerome Lane, apart from the dunk,” Lane mentioned on his basketball profession. “They don’t know I used to be a two-time All-American, they don’t know I used to be a number one rebounder, they don’t know I used to be a double-double man. They don’t know nothing about that. All they know is Jerome Lane shattered the backboard.”

Lane stays considerably of a singular participant in that there aren’t many related model gamers within the trendy recreation of basketball. He mentioned that in his enjoying days, the offensive recreation plan flowed inside-out and now it flows outside-in. This options groups seeking to shoot from behind the arc extra, together with facilities together with 3-point taking pictures of their recreation, which means that much less gamers publish up or play with their again to the basket.

He did examine his recreation to Golden State Warriors ahead Draymond Inexperienced. Inexperienced shouldn’t be a prime shooter, however he’s a stable rebounder and his contributions off the ball have helped Golden State win 4 championships within the final decade.

“We most likely have the same recreation, you already know, rebounding, dribbling the ball, passing, courtroom consciousness,” Lane mentioned. “I’d say him, as we’re related in model. I don’t see too many gamers do this now, attempt to excel in any respect phases of the sport.”

Lane nonetheless retains in contact along with his previous Pitt teammates, utilizing Fb as a option to join with all of them. He additionally nonetheless manages to make it out to a Pitt recreation or two, particularly in the event that they’re honoring former teammates of his, however the poor type of this system over current years has stored him away.

Pitt is now 13-7 total and 6-3 in ACC play this season. Jeff Capel and his gamers have turned this season round and wish to contend for a spot within the NCAA Event for the primary time since 2016.

Lane mentioned {that a} huge a part of why he’s excited for the celebration on Wednesday is seeing the Oakland Zoo, the Panthers scholar part, that gives a lift every time the Panthers play at dwelling.

“I want we might’ve had one thing just like the [Oakland] Zoo on the Petersen [Events Center],” Lane mentioned. “Golly! Boy, we might’ve actually scared some groups. That little [Fitzgerald] Subject Home was alright, however I’d’ve liked to play within the Petersen. After we performed within the Civic Area, we performed their a few times a 12 months. That was cool. However that Petersen, whoo, that’s lovely.”

Lane sees a battle on this crew that he hasn’t seen in current Pitt squads. He believes that they’ve stable, high quality gamers and that Capel has turned issues round this season, but additionally that Pitt must hold this momentum going by successful extra video games.

“This crew, they’re aggressive, you possibly can see it,” Lane mentioned. “They acquired battle in them. That’s all I’m asking for. You’ll be able to see it. I don’t like no person that lay down.”


Pitt Named Considered one of Seth Greenberg’s Groups of the Week, Blake Hinson Gamers of the Week



The Pitt Panthers put the ACC on discover this previous week and garnered the eye of nationwide retailers. 

On Monday, the pinnacle coach Jeff Capel was named Coach of the Week by ESPN’s Jeff Bozello. ESPN School Basketball Analyst Seth Greenberg named the Panthers one in all his 5 groups of the week. Greenberg positioned Pitt alongside Creighton (13-8, 7-3 Huge East), and three Huge 12 groups in Baylor (16-5, 5-3 Huge 12), Oklahoma (12-9, 2-6 Huge 12) and West Virginia (13-8, 2-6 Huge 12). 

Pitt completed the week 2-0, breaking a five-way tie for third place within the ACC. The Panthers defeated Wake Forest 81-79 and shot 18-of-27 (49%) from three-point land. Capel’s squad totaled 22 assists and three blocks, as soon as main by 15 earlier than holding on in opposition to the Demon Deacons within the closing possessions. 

Saturday’s Miami recreation in entrance of 12,508 followers was the Panthers’ first sellout since 2019 – when Zion Williamson and Duke performed on the Pete – as Pitt rallied from eight factors all the way down to defeat the Hurricanes 71-68. Trailing 68-60, the Panthers closed on an 11-0 run and went forward following a Jamarius Burton steal and Blake Hinson tip-in basket by way of site visitors that bounced the Panthers’ manner. 

Greenberg named Hinson as a member of his five-member Gamers of the Week after posting 24 factors on 8-of-14 subject targets, all from behind the arc, in 33 minutes in opposition to Wake Forest. Hinson’s eight triples tied for probably the most in program historical past. 

Hinson began within the Panthers’ win over Miami, scoring a game-high 21 factors together with the game-winning tip, and grabbing eight rebounds in 36 minutes. He particularly carried out nicely within the second half, scoring two-thirds of his factors (14) and posting 5 rebounds and two blocks. Hinson knocked down a essential three to chop the deficit to a few, 68-65, with a hand in his face and supply the chance to clinch the comeback.

The junior ahead is averaging 16.2 factors and 6.5 rebounds this season, beginning all 22 of Pitt’s video games. Greenberg chosen Hinson, NC State ahead D.J. Burns, Gonzaga guard Julian Strawther, Tennessee guard Zakai Zeigler, and potential Participant of the 12 months ahead Zach Edy of Purdue as his Gamers of the Week.

The Panthers battle North Carolina (15-6, 7-3 ACC) Wednesday from Chapel Hill at 7 p.m. UNC sits immediately behind Pitt in fourth place.

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Pitt’s Full 2023 Soccer Schedule Launched



The 2023 soccer season continues to be about seven months away, however the schedule is now set. So, let’s check out who Pitt is enjoying and when all these video games are scheduled.

Pitt will probably be at house to kick off its season in opposition to Wofford on Sept. 2, will use Week 6 as its bye week and conclude the season in opposition to Duke on Nov. 25.

Pitt’s non-conference schedule kicks off with a program-first matchup in opposition to Wofford earlier than internet hosting Cincinnati and touring to West Virginia — a brand new Huge 12 gauntlet.

The ultimate non-conference sport is not going to happen till November when Pitt will journey to South Bend, Indiana to tackle Notre Dame.

Pitt opens ACC play at house in opposition to North Carolina, enjoying a uncommon weekend sport in opposition to the Tar Heels, and can then journey to Lane Stadium in Blacksburg to play Virginia Tech.

After a Week 6 bye, Pitt resumes play at house in opposition to Louisville earlier than hitting the street to play Wake Forest and Notre Dame in back-to-back weeks. It doesn’t get any simpler at Pitt returns house to host Florida State both.

Pitt ends the season with Syracuse (at Yankee Stadium within the Bronx, no much less), Boston School (on a Thursday) and Duke.

2023 Pitt Schedule

Week 1: Saturday, Sept. 2 – Wofford at Acrisure Stadium

Week 2: Saturday, Sept. 9 – Cincinnati at Acrisure Stadium

Week 3: Saturday, Sept. 16 — West Virginia at Milan Puskar Stadium

Week 4: Saturday, Sept. 23 – North Carolina at Acrisure Stadium

Week 5: Saturday, Sept. 30 — Virginia Tech at Lane Stadium

Week 6: Saturday, Oct. 7 – Bye Week

Week 7: Saturday, Oct. 14 – Louisville at Acrisure Stadium

Week 8: Saturday, Oct. 21 – Wake Forest at Truist Stadium

Week 9: Saturday, Oct. 28 – Notre Dame at Notre Dame Stadium

Week 10: Saturday, Nov. 4 – Florida State at Acrisure Stadium

Week 11: Saturday, Nov. 11 – Syracuse at Yankee Stadium

Week 12: Thursday, Nov. 16 – Boston School at Acrisure Stadium

Week 13: Saturday, Nov. 25 – Duke at Wallace Wade Stadium

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Pitt 2023 Blue-Gold Spring Recreation Introduced for April 15



The annual Blue-Gold Spring Recreation is the primary probability to see how Pitt’s new group appears to be like each season, and as such, it’s a well-liked occasion.

The 2023 Blue-Gold Spring Recreation might be no completely different, and the date and time have formally been set. The sport will kickoff at Acrisure Stadium at 1 p.m. on April, 15.

Pitt’s spring practices will start in late February or early March, with 15 practices on the schedule to organize for the spring recreation. Pat Narduzzi’s squad may have just a few key positions to guage, particularly at quarterback, large receiver and within the secondary.

The Ed Conway Award, given to probably the most improved offensive and defensive gamers all through the spring, might be awarded on the day of the spring recreation.

Pitt has had its 2023 recreation in opposition to Syracuse scheduled for Nov. 11 at Yankee Stadium within the Bronx, and the remainder of its 2023 schedule might be launched at 7 p.m. on ACC Community.

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