NCAAB Game Recap - Pittsburgh at North Carolina
Wed Jan 8, 2020 7:00 PM EST

Duke
73
GaTec
64
F
Kansas
79
IaSt
53
F
Vand
79
Aub
83
F
SDSU
72
Wyo
52
F
FlaSt
78
Wake
68
F
Hamp
73
USC-Up
83
F
Campbl
64
UNCA
62
F
StJon
66
GTown
87
F
Tuls
44
Cin
75
F
Pitt
73
UNC
65
F
ND
68
NCSU
73
F
Brad
72
Evans
52
F
MisSt
69
Alab
90
F
Hartfo
80
UMassL
68
F
UMBC
75
Bingha
79
F
Winth
79
HiPt
57
F
Radf
67
GWebb
64
F
WCU
97
VMI
85
F
Stony
81
Vermt
77
F
Furm
73
Chat
66
F
Duques
78
StJos
60
F
David
58
URI
69
F
Maine
51
UNH
57
F
ETSU
64
UNCG
57
F
LaSal
69
UMass
77
F
HolyC
64
Lafy
82
F
NW
62
Ind
66
F
StBon
61
GMas
49
F
Maris
70
Fairf
58
F
LoyMD
70
Colg
92
F
Navy
60
Buck
56
F
Leh
67
Boston
84
F
Amer
68
Army
60
F
TXAMC
73
SFA
72
F
Woff
67
Samf
62
F
SeLA
62
SamH
67
F
Longw
74
ChaSo
56
F
UCF
74
SMU
81
F
NWSt
72
InWor
66
F
NebOm
66
N DA
62
F
IPFW
77
W IL
69
F
GrgWas
58
StLou
63
F
CenAR
78
NOrl
86
F
Nich
61
Lamar
52
F
McNee
88
AbCh
84
F
Seton
83
Xav
71
F
Tul
61
UConn
67
F
SDSt
80
Denv
68
F
UNLV
66
Bois
73
F
Ill
71
Wisc
70
F
Okla
72
Tex
62
F
Ark
77
LSU
79
F
UCSB
63
CAPoly
45
F
CBap
83
CSBak
75
F
Nev
68
SJSU
70
F
LongB
77
CSNor
95
F

Jan 8, 2020, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Pittsburgh (11-4)

28

45

73

North Carolina (8-7)

37

28

65

McGowens, Champagnie help Panthers end ACC road skid
Wed Jan 8, 2020 10:45 PM

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Pittsburgh’s road skid is over. North Carolina’s problems at home are far from it.

Trey McGowens scored 24 points and Pittsburgh ended a 22-game losing streak in conference road games with a 73-65 victory against North Carolina on Wednesday night.

Justin Champagnie added 22 points for the Panthers (11-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who rallied from a 14-point deficit late in the first half.

Pittsburgh won on the road in league play for the first time since it defeated Boston College 83-72 on Feb. 8, 2017.

“For us to be able to do that, I don’t think it’s coincidence that we had to have a lot of adversity and a lot of things that we didn’t do in the first half and to get down and come back,” Pittsburgh coach Jeff Capel said. “But it means a lot for us. We have to build off it, though.”

McGowens snapped a 56-56 tie by scoring eight consecutive points in a 90-second span, giving the Panthers the lead for good with seven minutes remaining.

Xavier Johnson scored 17 points for the Panthers. Pittsburgh stormed back with a 16-4 run early in the second half and made 8 of 12 3-pointers after halftime.

“It’s big,” Champagnie said. “Everybody in the locker room is smiling and happy. We haven’t done this in a long time, so it felt good all around.”

Garrison Brooks had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead North Carolina (8-7, 1-3). Armando Bacot added 15 points and Brandon Robinson had 13 points for the Tar Heels.

North Carolina lost for the sixth time in eight games and for the fourth time in its last five home games.

BIG PICTURE

Pittsburgh: The school announced a two-year contract extension (through the 2026-27 season) for Capel on Wednesday morning, and Capel wasted no time rewarding the administration’s faith. It was a breakthrough win for the Panthers, who bounced back after squandering a 16-point lead in a 69-65 home loss against Wake Forest on Saturday.

North Carolina: The Tar Heels are in trouble. They just lost back-to-back home games to teams projected to finish in the bottom half of the ACC, and much tougher games loom in February. Four days after allowing Georgia Tech to shoot 59% from the floor in a 96-83 home loss, the Tar Heels let Pittsburgh shoot 58% in the second half. “I’d like to come up with something witty, and something different, something … but I don’t have it,” North Carolina coach Roy Williams said. “I thought our guys played harder tonight than we did against Georgia Tech.”

SECOND-HALF SURGE

McGowens, Champagnie and Johnson combined to score 41 of their 63 points in the second half. After shooting 1-for-7 from 3-point range in the first half, the trio made 8 of 10 3-pointers in the second half.

TURNING POINT

McGowens’ eight-point spurt was impressive down the stretch, but Champagnie shot the Panthers back into the game. He scored 12 consecutive Pittsburgh points during a four-minute stretch, making four straight 3-pointers as Pittsburgh took a 54-53 lead midway through the second half.

“I just saw one drop,” Champagnie said. “Then I just got more comfortable and confident and just started letting it go.”

HE SAID IT

Williams and his players addressed comments he made on his radio show Monday in which he said his team is the least gifted he has coached since he returned to North Carolina in 2003.

“That’s a statement that if anybody in here disagrees with, that’s your prerogative,” Williams said. “But my guess is that if you look at it, you’ll probably agree. I’m stunned by how it gets so much attention.”

“Obviously we didn’t win the game, but it definitely motivated us,” Bacot said. “I don’t think Coach meant any harm. He still believes in us. He’s just Coach; that’s how he is. He keeps it real.”

INJURY UPDATE

North Carolina reserve guard Andrew Platek returned after missing the team’s previous two games with a sprained left ankle. Platek finished with two points and five rebounds in 19 minutes.

UP NEXT

Pittsburgh: With their skid over, the Panthers get a chance on Sunday at Miami to build a road winning streak in ACC play.

North Carolina: The Tar Heels host Clemson on Saturday. Their 59-0 all-time home record against the Tigers is the longest home winning streak against a single opponent in NCAA history.

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Leaders

Pittsburgh PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
G. Drumgoole Jr. 0 0 0 1 0 0
A. Coulibaly 0 0 0 0 0 0
North Carolina PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Pierce 0 0 0 4 0 0
G. Brooks 21 0 1 10 1 0

Team Comparison

Pitt UNC
Points For 73 65
Field Goals 23/52-44% 25/61-41%
Three Pointers 9/22-41% 5/21-24%
Free Throws 18/22-82% 10/17-59%
Offensive Rebounds 5 14
Defensive Rebounds 22 28
Rebounds 30 45
Blocks 4 3
Steals 9 7
Turnovers 13 17
Personal Fouls 18 19
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Jan 8 Pitt 73 @ UNC 65 R. Murphy 4 K. Smith 1

Game Information

Stadium: Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Attendance: 20,798
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