Pitt allows offensive struggles to affect entire game in loss

Vanderbilt shoots 57% in second half for victory
Jeff Capel on sidelines
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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Just past the midway point of the second half, a struggling Panthers team was just down a point. Jordan Wright would make a three at the 8:18 mark and Vanderbilt would make its next seven consecutive shots, pulling away for a 68-52 win at the Petersen Events Center Wednesday night.

While Vanderbilt was hot going on a 17-2 run and shot 58% in the second half, 54% from three. Pitt shot 36% for the game and 2 of 15 from three.

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“We allowed our inability to make shots affect everything,” said Pitt head coach Jeff Capel.  “There was just this unbelievable slide where the defense for us was nonexistent.  I’m not taking anything away from their execution.”

“We just can’t get discouraged when the ball doesn’t go in,” said senior transfer guard Jamarius Burton.  “We can’t let our offense dictate our defense and we do that very frequently.  For us to have that mindset that defense is all that matters, offense will take care of itself and not let the offense affect the defense.  We will be a better team.”