When your star player can’t shoot due to injury, you need to find your offense from somewhere else. That was the case today when Pitt beat Va Tech 62-57 in 2 OTs at the Pederson Events Center in Pittsburgh.
Lamar Patterson has been limited with a bad thumb and scored only 5 points on 1 for 9 shooting while shooting guard Cam Wright stepped up to pump in 18 points on 5 for 13 shooting to led the Panthers to victory.
On a day when Pitt announced a new Chancellor Patrick Gallagher who starts on August 1st, the Panthers offense continued to struggle for a 4th straight game and barely escaped with the win against a depleted but determined Va Tech (8-15 overall and 1-10 in the ACC) team.
The Hokies were led by forward Jarell Eddie who scored 15 points on 5 for 15 shooting including 5 for 12 from behind the arc. Va Tech also received contributions from forward Joey Van Zegeren (10 points) and guard Devin Wilson (10 points).
With Patterson’s shooting woes, Pitt were fortunate to receive contributions from point guard James Robinson (16 points) and reserve guard Josh Newkirk (11 points).
Next up: #1 Syracuse at Pitt Wed 2/12 at 7pm EST. Pitt in 9-0 all-time against top 5 ranked teams at the Peterson Events Center.