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NOTES AND QUOTES: Pitt vs. Montana

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A rundown of Pitt's 83-78 loss to Montana at Petersen Events Center Monday night.


Player of the Game

Montana guard Michael Oguine was the smallest player on the court at 6-2, 171 lbs, but he led all players with 29 points.

“He’s a good player. We knew that going in. We needed to guard the drive better and get into our gaps better,” Ryan Luther said. “We knew they would go to the rim. We can’t be that inconsistent.”

Pitt head coach Kevin Stallings felt it was a combination of lack of talent and youth.

“When you see a guy get 29, that’s too many,” Stallings said. “We didn’t do a good enough job on him for sure.”

Pitt Player of the Game

Shamiel Stevensen, a 6-6 230 freshman forward, led the Panthers with 19 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the floor. He was 4-for-8 from the free throw line and made his only 3-point shot.

He also had six rebounds.

“I picked my spots,” Stevenson said. “I just continued to see openings. Every time I saw an opening, I tried to take advantage.”

Stallings credited Stevenson but feels the freshman needs to still learn on shot selection.

“I like his aggression. I’d like to see him improve with his discretion,” Stevenson said. “When he learns when to [shoot] and when not too, he’s going to get better. Sometimes he tried to force it.  That’s part of the growing process.”

Honorable Mention

After scoring 7 points in the first half, Luther scored 11 in the second half for 18 points.

“It doesn’t make it hurt any less,” Luther said. “It’s how you respond.”

Stat of the Game

Pitt committed 19 turnovers that led to 30 Montana points. The Grizzlies also scored 42 points in the paint. The Panthers only scored 6 points off 15 Montana turnovers.

​“We didn’t take good enough care of the ball. That resulted in too many points for them,” Stallings said. “We didn’t score enough points off their turnovers.”

Turning Point of the Game

Pitt was up by 28-21 with five minutes left in the first half, but after missing their first seven 3-pointers, Montana hit four three-pointers in a row which erased Pitt’s lead and fueled a 33-32 lead with less than two minutes to play.

Boneheaded Play of the Game

Montana led by 2 points and inbounded the ball with 30 seconds left. However, the Grizzlies were called for a 10-second violation which gave the ball back to Pitt. The Panthers tied the game on the possession, 73-73 on a Stevenson layup which helped push the game into overtime.

Next Up for Pitt

UC Santa Barbara Wednesday, Nov. 15  7 p.m.  Television (ACCN Extra)

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