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It was a solid effort... until about the last 3 minutes.
Syracuse put on a good effort for most of the game, including building a small lead in the 2nd half. But Pittsburgh kept scoring in the last 3 minutes. Syracuse did not. Pitt ends up the home victor 72 to 61.
  • Both Tyler Roberson and Trevor Cooney were SU's leading scorers with 15. Michael Gbinije added 14. Roberson was 7-12 on the day, while Cooney was 3-8, 3-5. Roberson also added 7 rebounds, the team's leading rebounder.
  • Cooney made some effort to get inside more, but his shooting was actually on from long range today. He did miss an easy one early, but he also drilled a long one from dead on, just pulling up, as well as a crazy drifting, ugly one that had no business going in. He also had his one and only turnover in the game in the final minutes with a baffling pass that was dumb even by Cooney doing dumb things standards.
  • Dejuan Coleman only had 2 points and 1 rebound, but he actually played pretty well, boxing out, and defending the lane. Whether Pitt was unreasonably afraid to go at Coleman, or he was actually playing very good defense is up to debate, but he had a good game overall, despite the stats.
  • The rebounding edge was pretty crazy in Pitt's favor. 43-25 was the final. All things considered, a pretty good effort from Syracuse on the boards but Pitt is far superior.
  • Syracuse forced 9 Pitt turnovers, but had 10 themselves.
  • Syracuse only took 15 3 point shots in the game. They made 5 (33.3%). However, it's notable because they have been taking a lot more shots in every game. There was a clear game plan to go inside more. Which I like. Finishing layups would help my health however.
  • Syracuse actually shot better from the floor than Pitt, 43.5% to 40.7%. Pitt's rebounds and the fact they shared and move the ball so well (18 assists) were probably the edge.
A solid effort, but it ended exactly how I thought it would. SU stays on the road to take on Miami. Another bleak outing is probably ahead. But hey, if they win, it will make your Saturday.

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