Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Pitt Basketball Thoughts

16-4  /  4-3

Pitt basketball pulled out their third straight Big East game last night beating the Providence Friars 68-64. The Panthers looked like they would run away with the game as they built a 12 point first half lead. However, Providence continued to come back and pulled within 2 at 66-64 before James Robinson hit two free throws to put the game away.

Pitt got off to a fast start as freshman Steven Adams scored five quick points and had two big blocks in the first three minutes. Adams quickly picked up two fouls and went to the bench for the remainder of the half. Lamar Patterson picked up the slack as he scored 17 points and had 7 rebounds.

The Panthers bench outscored the Friars bench 20-3 but they did get out rebounded in the game.

Pitt continues to get better but they are having a tough time closing out teams. Pitt lead 63-53 with 2:24 to play but almost gave it away at the end. Adams is improving on the offensive side of the game but he needs to stay out of foul trouble because he is needed on defense. Fellow freshman James Robinson had zero assists and two turnovers but he did hit a big three and hit two clutch free throws to seal the victory. 

The player of the game was Lamar Patterson, who was much more aggressive especially driving to the basket. Pitt will host DePaul before heading to Louisville to take on the Cardinals and then hosting Syracuse. After those two contests we will see how good this Pitt team really is.