Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mismatch: Psu Routs Panthers Penn State 85, Pitt 54

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mismatch: Psu Routs Panthers Penn State 85, Pitt 54

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. - If the first 10 days of Pitt's 2017-18 men's basketball season were a first glimpse of a team made over virtually from scratch, the Monday night matchup against Penn State was its first genuine test.

After playing programs from the Patriot League, Big Sky and Big West in its first three games, the Panthers received a barometer in the form of not only a major-conference opponent, but an in-state rival to boot. How they fared against Penn State might signal how the rest of their season, or at least the early part of it, might transpire.

The answer to that quandary is that a season many expected to be difficult at times - with seven freshmen and nine first-time Division I players -might often reach the point of being downright ugly.

Jared Wilson-Frame finished with a team-high 17 points, but it did little to keep his team competitive or compelling, as Pitt lost, 85-54 to Penn State at the Barclays Center in the Progressive Legends Classic.

After looking slower and less athletic than even a handful of its smaller-conference foes to open the season, the Panthers' disparity in virtually every facet of the game was glaringly obvious almost the entire contest.

They allowed Penn State to shoot 57.6 percent from the field while scoring fewer points against the Nittany Lions than Campbell, Fairleigh Dickinson and Columbia did this season.

No other Pitt player scored more than nine points, an honor held by freshman point guard Marcus Carr. Penn State, meanwhile, had six players score in double figures, a group led by sophomore Tony Carr and his 16 points on six-of-nine shooting.

The Panthers entered the night having won seven consecutive games against the Nittany Lions, four of which had come by at least 20 points. Monday night, those tables turned dramatically and abruptly.

A Nittany Lions team that returned the vast majority of its top scorers from last season -highlighted by the highly touted trio of Carr, Lamar Stevens and Mike Watkins -wasted no time establishing its superiority. …

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