NCAAB Game Recap - Northern Illinois at Pittsburgh
Mon Dec 16, 2019 7:00 PM EST

SoMis
65
TxTch
71
F
(N/A)
72
Morg
96
F
Del
86
DelSt
78
F
Maris
64
Rider
74
F
Kent
68
UCIrv
74
F
NIU
50
Pitt
59
F
Mercer
72
UNCW
63
F
Valpa
57
Charl
67
F
Marsh
89
MorSt
62
F
ChaSo
60
JMU
81
F
(N/A)
67
JackSt
113
F
E IL
85
W IL
47
F
Alc
57
Tul
68
F
MTSt
65
NDSt
79
F
KennSt
38
Murr
74
F
Evans
59
JacSt
85
F
NCAT
54
UTEP
72
F
UCSB
74
IdaSt
68
F(OT)
LoyMa
65
UCDav
67
F
FlaAM
60
Portl
66
F

Dec 16, 2019, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Northern Illinois (6-5)

30

20

50

Pittsburgh (8-3)

29

30

59

McGowens leads Pitt past NIU 59-50
Tue Dec 17, 2019 1:31 AM

PITTSBURGH (AP) For the second time in his collegiate career, Pittsburgh shooting guard Trey McGowens came off the bench in Pitt’s game against Northern Illinois.

A sophomore, McGowens had started 42 of 43 games since arriving at Pitt and each of the first 10 games this season, but found himself seated on Monday as Pitt tipped off against the Huskies.

That didn’t last long. McGowens entered the game 2:22 in and went on to play 36 minutes, score a team-high 18 points and make a key 3-pointer down the stretch as Pitt came from behind to avoid an upset with a 59-50 win over Northern Illinois.

McGowens called sitting on the bench an opportunity to “get my mind right,” coming off a four-point performance against Louisville on Dec. 6.

“Coach told me to be ready, so I guess it was seeing how things were happening when I was off the court,” McGowens said.

With his 3-point shooting, McGowens turned out to be one of the keys to Pitt’s victory. He made 4 of 8 from long range, none bigger than when he launched one from edge of the Pitt logo at center court with just under a minute to play.

When the shot swished through the rim to give Pitt a seven-point lead, McGowens let out a little smile.

“I was going through a slump,” he said. “It felt good to get out of that. I think it was just that we had a run at the end at that shot was the shot that sealed it.”

After trailing for more than 25 minutes, Pitt (8-3) finished the game on a 15-0 run over the final 6:11. The Huskies missed their final 11 field goal attempts.

Northern Illinois (6-5) built a lead thanks to the play of senior guard Eugene German, who scored 18 points on 7-of-18 shooting and was 4 of 12 from behind - and at times way behind - the 3-point arc. Northern Illinois shot 40% from 3-point range.

That slowed down in the second half, thanks to a change in Pitt’s defense to a matchup zone with a focus on German.

“I thought us changing to zone took some of his driving away,” head coach Jeff Capel said. “I thought it broke their rhythm a little bit and maybe more importantly, it gave us confidence again.”

BIG PICTURE

Northern Illinois: German considered leaving Northern Illinois for the NBA Draft after his junior year. When he’s been presented with top competition as a senior with the Huskies, he’s taken advantage. German scored 24 points and had six assists in a Northern Illinois loss to Iowa State earlier this season, and he came through with another strong performance against the Panthers.

“If you’re a competitor … you double-circle those games with an opportunity to play against the best of the best or Power Five conferences,” coach Mark Montgomery said.

Pitt: Under Capel, Pitt has had trouble at times taking care of business on their home court. In Capel’s first season, the Panthers lost to Niagara. This year, the Panthers lost to Nicholls State in their second game of the season before struggling with Northern Illinois on Monday. Capel credited his team’s growth and greater maturity level for the divergent outcome.

“Early in the year, this a game we probably don’t win,” he said. “It might have been Nicholls. It’s a game last year, we probably don’t win. I’m proud that we found something within us to figure out a way to win.”

UP NEXT

Northern Illinois: Finishes a season-long four-game road win with a trip to Chicago State. The Huskies are 2-4 on the road this season, compared with 4-1 at home.

Pitt: Continues its four-game homestand by hosting Binghamton on Friday. Pitt has never lost to a member of the America East Conference.

Leaders

Northern Illinois PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
G. Daow 0 0 0 3 0 0
T. Cochran 0 0 1 3 0 0
Pittsburgh PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. McGowens 18 0 3 3 1 0
X. Johnson 11 0 3 4 0 0

Team Comparison

NIU Pitt
Points For 50 59
Field Goals 21/59-36% 21/55-38%
Three Pointers 7/28-25% 4/17-24%
Free Throws 1/2-50% 13/17-76%
Offensive Rebounds 13 10
Defensive Rebounds 27 25
Rebounds 44 39
Blocks 3 2
Steals 2 7
Turnovers 15 7
Personal Fouls 20 7
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Mon Dec 16 NIU 50 @ Pitt 59 D. Beane 1 A. Coulibaly 1

Game Information

Stadium: Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 7,015
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