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Panthers survive 82-78 overtime scare vs. Mount St. Mary's

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Marcus Carr finished with 23 points, while Ryan Luther and Shamiel Stevenson combined for 25 rebounds in Pitt's overtime squeaker over Mount St. Mary's Tuesday night.

Pitt blew a 15-point second half lead and Mount St. Mary’s scored with seven seconds left to force overtime. The Panthers outscored the Mountaineers 9-5 in overtime though, to pull out the 82-78 win Tuesday night at the Petersen Events Center. It was Pitt’s fourth win in a row.

“I’m a little bit disappointed in our game but I’m more disappointed in my coaching,” Pitt head coach Kevin Stallings said. “We played hard and tried hard but we weren’t on edge. Everything was difficult for us tonight.”

Four Panthers scored in double figures led by Marcus Carr with 23. He also scored 5 of Pitt’s 9 points in overtime.

“I had confidence in my teammates to get the job done and get this win,” Carr said. “We take each game as an opportunity.”

Jared Wilson-Frame scored 15 points including 4 in overtime. He felt the Panthers lost some focus in the second half.

“We didn’t play hard the whole second half,” Wilson-Frame said. “We had a lapse in effort and didn’t stay locked in. We need to mentally tell ourselves to stay consistent.”

Shamiel Stevenson scored 14, and Khameron Davis added a career-high 12 points.

“Right now my teammates are finding me and I’m finishing plays,” Davis said. “It’s nothing too crazy.”

Ryan Luther pulled down 16 rebounds. Pitt out-rebounded Mt. Saint Mary’s 43-27 including 13 offensive rebounds.

Pitt (5-4, 0-0 ACC) led 57-42 at the midway point of the second half but could not put away the Mountaineers (3-6, 0-0 NEC)

Mount St. Mary’s hit four three-pointers in a three-minute stretch late in the second half to fuel the surge. Three of the four makes were completely unguarded. They were led by Junior Robinson who scored 24 points.

“The second half [defense] was abysmal then they start hitting shots,” Stallings said. “We weren’t locked in in the second half.”

Mount St. Mary’s trailed by only one (25-24) with three minutes left in the first half but the Panthers tore off a 6-0 run. Stevenson hit a hanging jumper in the lane and Carr made a tough layup in traffic.

Stallings called timeout to set up the last shot which was a Chukwuka three-pointer from the top of the key. He was bailed out on the shot by getting fouled. He made two of three free throws to give Pitt a 31-24 lead at the break.

Pitt took a 7-0 lead three minutes into the game. The Mountaineers started cold and scored their first points on a dunk four minutes into the game.

The Panthers will face their toughest test of the season on Saturday night when the West Virginia Mountaineers will come to the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is 8 p.m.

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