NCAAB Game Recap - Nicholls State at Pittsburgh
Sat Nov 9, 2019 12:00 PM EST

URI
55
MD
73
F
ArkPB
60
Gonz
110
F
Stony
57
Seton
74
F
BethC
44
TxTch
79
F
Bois
75
Oreg
106
F
Tex
70
Purd
66
F
Alc
72
ULMo
73
F(OT)
GWebb
59
WCU
71
F
Nich
75
Pitt
70
F
RobM
57
ND
92
F
CenAR
78
GTown
89
F
UNCA
91
Citad
76
F
(N/A)
50
Ohio
88
F
HolyC
83
UNH
87
F
UMass
62
Fairf
60
F
(N/A)
63
Boston
91
F
Morg
57
Temp
75
F
Lafy
72
StFNY
73
F
S UT
79
Nebras
78
F(OT)
WriSt
88
MiaO
81
F
PorSt
74
Ind
85
F
GASt
80
Charl
84
F
NCC
64
SFA
94
F
TXSo
63
WichSt
69
F
PVAM
69
UCF
73
F
UMKC
51
OkSt
69
F
UMBC
65
FlGlf
61
F
UtVal
62
Denv
74
F
Del
56
SIU
54
F
LoyMD
98
ChiSt
85
F
(N/A)
54
Clev
79
F
MidTN
73
Lipsco
70
F
Iona
64
LaSal
70
F(OT)
How
62
GrgWas
76
F
TxSt
71
AF
78
F
KansSt
60
UNLV
56
F(OT)
SDSU
76
BYU
71
F
APSU
75
W Ky
97
F
NrthIA
64
NIU
54
F
CenCT
57
StJon
87
F
Merrim
64
PSU
91
F
Monm
74
Hof
94
F
IaSt
74
OrSt
80
F
Penn
61
Rice
80
F
TNSt
57
Chat
59
F
NJIT
47
Prov
76
F
Canis
68
Brown
75
F
Ida
51
UCRiv
58
F
TexSA
62
Oakl
75
F
(N/A)
60
MTSt
93
F
USD
62
LongB
74
F
Leh
74
Albany
70
F
HiPt
61
Woff
89
F
(N/A)
58
MtStM
75
F
Ball
75
Evans
79
F
NOrl
53
Butl
79
F
W MI
115
WIMil
110
F(3OT)
(N/A)
64
WIGB
115
F
Valpa
70
StLou
81
F
IndSt
81
Dayt
86
F
ETSU
92
TN-M
75
F
Stetsn
77
W IL
75
F
IUPUI
56
Brad
90
F
UCIrv
73
Pepp
77
F
Tuls
59
TexAr
73
F
(N/A)
70
TNTec
83
F
McNee
80
ULLa
85
F
SoMis
69
SthAL
75
F
South
49
Murr
69
F
Okla
71
Minn
62
F
Princ
72
USF
82
F
CSNor
70
NM
97
F
SDSt
93
CSBak
91
F(2OT)
E WA
74
Seatt
66
F
LoyMa
67
Nev
72
F
CS-Ful
54
Stan
70
F

Nov 9, 2019, 12:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Nicholls State (1-1)

41

34

75

Pittsburgh (1-1)

31

39

70

Nicholls State uses long ball to upset Pitt 75-70
Sat Nov 9, 2019 3:24 PM

PITTSBURGH (AP) The first time Nicholls State had a chance to upset a high-major opponent this season, the Colonels fell behind Illinois before coming back to force overtime.

After losing that game in the extra period, the Colonels knew what they needed to do to get a win on Saturday in a tough road environment at Pittsburgh.

"Hit them in the mouth first."

That's the message redshirt senior guard D'Angelo Hunter professed as the Colonels faced Pitt, and then he led the charge doing just that.

Hunter scored a team-high 17 points as this time it was Nicholls that raced out to a 10-point first-half lead and then held on late to upset the Panthers 75-70.

"We've been stressing these last few days to come out and try to jump on them," Colonels head coach Austin Claunch said. "The way we play, we can do that."

Pitt mounted a second-half comeback bid, but a turnover on a traveling violation by sophomore Pitt guard Au'Diese Toney with the Panthers trailing by three and 25 seconds left on the clock ended any chance of that.

The turnovers were a theme, as Nicholls jumped out to a big lead with a defense that created 21 turnovers that turned into 26 points. The Colonels supplanted that with a red-hot afternoon from 3-point range.

"They came out with great energy, great togetherness early and really just took it to us, right from the start of the game," Pitt head coach Jeff Capel said. "They had so many guys step up and make big plays, make big shots."

Hunter, a West Virginia transfer playing in his second game at Nicholls, shot 7 of 15 from the floor and 3 of 6 from 3-point range as the Colonels dominated from beyond the 3-point arc. Kevin Johnson hit 4 of 8 from long range and Jeremiah Buford came off the bench to make 2 of 4. As a team, Nicholls shot 11 of 24 from 3-point range.

"I've been preparing for a while," Hunter said. "I just finally got the opportunity. . I'm just excited to be here."

Junior college transfer Ryan Murphy was a dominant force for the Panthers. He came off the bench just over three minutes into the game and never came out. He scored a game-high 28 points on 10 of 17 from the floor and made all four of Pitt's 3-pointers, going 4 of 7 from long range while the rest of the Panthers were 0 for 9.

BIG PICTURE

Nicholls State might have a hard time finding high-major sparring partners if they keep this up. The Colonels took Illinois to overtime before falling 78-70 in their season opener on Tuesday before upsetting Pitt. They'll have two more chances at big-time upsets when they visit LSU on next Saturday and West Virginia on Dec. 14.

Pitt fell victim to a classic trap game, with their afternoon battle with the Colonels coming on the heels of Wednesday night's season-opening win against ACC foe Florida State. The Panthers proved in that one they can play with anyone, but slow starts shooting have been a common thread. Pitt started 2 of 15 from the floor against the Seminoles and 3 for 15 to begin the game against Nicholls.

UP NEXT

Nicholls State will return to Louisiana for its home opener against Paul Quinn College, an NAIA school from Dallas, on Wednesday night.

Pitt will travel across Allegheny County to play Robert Morris in Moon Township, Pa. on Tuesday to open the Colonials' new UPMC Events Center.

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Leaders

Nicholls State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
D. Hunter 17 0 0 2 4 1
A. Jones 17 0 1 4 0 1
Pittsburgh PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
A. Coulibaly 0 0 0 0 0 0
R. Murphy 28 0 3 5 2 0

Team Comparison

Nich Pitt
Points For 75 70
Field Goals 27/65-42% 28/56-50%
Three Pointers 11/24-46% 4/16-25%
Free Throws 10/13-77% 10/18-56%
Offensive Rebounds 19 15
Defensive Rebounds 17 21
Rebounds 40 38
Blocks 5 8
Steals 11 7
Turnovers 17 21
Personal Fouls 19 12
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Nich Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Nov 9 Nich 75 @ Pitt 70 E. Harvey Jr. 1 G. Drumgoole Jr. 2

Game Information

Stadium: Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 7,956
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