On Wednesday evening, Jaland Lowe led with 20 points and Blake Hinson contributed 16 as Pittsburgh narrowly defeated North Carolina State with a score of 67-64.
Ishmael Leggett’s successful shot put Pitt in the lead with a score of 62-60 and they maintained their advantage until the end. The game ended with Lowe making two free throws with only five seconds remaining. The Panthers caused Ben Middlebrooks to take a free throw to conclude the game.
During an 18-6 run, DJ Burns Jr. scored six points, while DJ Horne and Casey Morsell each made a 3-pointer, giving N.C. State a 58-56 lead with 6:30 left in the game. This was the first time the Wolfpack had been in the lead since the 18-minute mark of the first half and it would be their only lead in the second half. N.C. State tied the game twice more and stayed within three points for the rest of the game.
Lowe shot 7 out of 12. Hinson had a success rate of 5 out of 13 in field goals and also made three of Pitt’s five three-pointers. Carlton Carrington contributed 12 points for Pitt (15-8, 6-6 ACC), who has a three-game winning streak and has won five out of their last six games.
Horne recorded five successful 3-point shots and earned a total of 25 points, securing the lead for N.C. State (15-8, 7-5). Burns contributed 19 points and Middlebrooks ended with nine.
Hinson made 3 shots from beyond the arc and earned a total of 13 points, while Lowe contributed 11 points as Pitt had a 50% shooting percentage (14 out of 28 shots made) in the first half and was ahead 38-30 at halftime. In the first half, Horne scored 12 points and Burns had nine for the Wolfpack. The Panthers began the second half with a 7-2 run, increasing their lead to 45-32, which was their largest lead of the game.
On Saturday, N.C. State will be away to face Wake Forest, while on Tuesday, Pitt will compete against Virginia.