Saturday, November 17, 2012
Pittsburgh 72 Oakland 62 (OT)
What started off as a potentially devastating loss ends up as the biggest comeback in Pitt basketball history.
1. I wrote many, many months ago that Pitt fans would fall in love with James Robinson. Are you in love yet? Robinson showed he balls of steal as he practically singlehandedly willed the panthers back when nothing seemed to be going right. He ended the night with 14 points, including 7-8 from the line, 3 assists, and 2 steals. And all seemed to come when they were needed most.
2. Robinson was one of two players of the game, in my opinion, with Dante Taylor being the other. Taylor ended up with 10 points and 9 big rebounds, including 7 offensive.
3. J.J. Moore led all scorers with just 16 points, including 3-4 from three late in the game, and 10 rebounds.
4. On the downside, Tray Woodall and Lamar Patterson were awful. Patterson did have 7 rebounds but he only came up with 2 points on 0-7 from the field. Woodall was not much better as he was 3-15 from the field, including 2-10 from three. He did lead with 8 assists but also had 4 turnovers and 4 fouls. He ended up with 8 points.
5. Steven Adams was not much of a factor with 4 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 4 fouls.
6. Talib Zanna had a quiet game for him with 8 points and 5 rebounds.
7. The Panthers shot just 41.7% from the field while Oakland shot 46.8%. The Panthers also made 7-24 from three (29.2%), and 15-24 free throws (62.5%).
8. The Panthers out rebounded 41-24.
Bottom line, this could have been a disaster but in the long run it may actually help the team more in the future than if they had won by 30 points. It showed them to never give up and if you keep going at it, no matter how much things aren't going your way, you still have a chance. Learning is an art and Pitt learned to paint a little tonight.