Takeaways: Pitt vs. Monmouth – Nov. 18, 2019

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Trey McGowens vs. FSU in 2018

Meta note: In an effort to get game recap posts out more quickly, I will no longer be doing film study segments in each game takeaways post. Instead, I’ll be doing separate film study posts once or twice weekly with analysis of Pitt’s games for the week. This week’s post will include clips from the Robert Morris, West Virginia, and Monmouth games.

Onto the basketball. After another brutal first half, the Panthers buckled down and held off the Monmouth Hawks, ultimately winning by a final score of 63-50 at the Petersen Events Center.

Following their poor shooting effort in the second half of the game against West Virginia on Friday, Pitt’s offense sputtered in the first half against Monmouth, as well. The problems started right at the top, with Xavier Johnson. After he committed three turnovers in the first six minutes of the game, Johnson was replaced by sophomore walk-on Onyebuchi Ezeakudo.

The first half was an abject disaster for the Panthers. Pitt turned the ball over 12 times. They shot just 5 of 26 from the floor, or around 19 percent. Worse yet, they made just one of their 11 three point attempts. Johnson had just two points.

At one point, the ACC Network showed an extended shot of Jeff Capel with his head in his hands in frustration. Pitt led 21-19 at the break of a game that they surely could have been losing.

The second half could not have been more different though, as Pitt flipped the script in just about every way. Pitt turned the ball over just three times in the half, two of which were offensive fouls by Terrell Brown. They shot an excellent 14 of 22 from the floor, good for 63 percent, and made three of their five three-point attempts. Johnson played with confidence that we haven’t seen much from him lately, and he

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