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Pitt falls to Syracuse 77-66

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John Gillon and the Syracuse Orange defeated the Pitt Panthers by a final score of 77-66 in an Atlantic Coast Conference game at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York.

The 11-point final margin does not reveal Syracuse’s dominance over the course of the entire game. The Orange held a 36-8 lead over the Panthers after the first 14 minutes of play. Pitt simply could not make shots when they were open against Jim Boeheim’s patented zone defense, which resulted in such a lopsided first half. The Panthers struggled early outside the line, going 0-7 in 3-pointers in the first half, and went on a nine-minute slump without scoring a field goal.

Tyler Robinson led the Orange on the defensive side recording 6 total blocks and 10 rebounds. The Orange forced 12 turnovers as well, scoring 15 points off them.

Leading scorers Jamel Artis and Michael Young for the Panthers combined for only 6 points in the first half. They would start to heat up in the second half, but it was still not enough to come out with the victory over the Orange.

Artis finished the game with 23 points and Young, who leads the Panthers this season in scoring at 22.7 per game, was right behind him with 17.

Syracuse was led by Andrew White III, who finished with 21 points, and John Gillon, who recorded his first double-double with 20 points and 11 assists.

“I just go out and play, coach gives me a lot of freedom and I just take what the defense gives me and try to make my teammates better,” said Gillon, a transfer from Colorado State University.

The Orange finished with a 51.9 percent field goal percentage, outweighing the Panthers, who shot just 35.1 percent.

The Orange move to 10-6 overall and 2-1 in ACC play.  The Panthers now drop to 12-4 on the season and 1-2 in conference play, Pitt next travels to Louisville to face the No. 9 Cardinals on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 7:00 p.m.

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