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Nicholls State uses long ball to upset Pitt 75-70

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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Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Nicholls State  
20:00   D'Angelo Hunter missed layup, blocked by Eric Hamilton  
19:58   Defensive rebound by Xavier Johnson  
19:37   Shooting foul on Elvis Harvey Jr.  
19:37 +1 Eric Hamilton made 1st of 2 free throws 0-1
19:37   Eric Hamilton missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
19:37   Defensive rebound by Warith Alatishe  
19:26   D'Angelo Hunter missed layup  
19:24   Defensive rebound by Xavier Johnson  
19:07   Lost ball turnover on Trey McGowens, stolen by Dexter McClanahan  
19:02 +2 Dexter McClanahan made layup 2-1
18:42   Traveling violation turnover on Xavier Johnson  
18:32   Kevin Johnson missed jump shot  
18:30   Defensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
18:28   Personal foul on D'Angelo Hunter  
18:23   Traveling violation turnover on Eric Hamilton  
18:08   Personal foul on Trey McGowens  
17:52 +2 Warith Alatishe made dunk, assist by Kevin Johnson 4-1
17:31   Personal foul on Elvis Harvey Jr.  
17:21   Gerald Drumgoole Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:19   Offensive rebound by Eric Hamilton  
17:19   Personal foul on Ryghe Lyons  
17:12   Eric Hamilton missed jump shot  
17:10   Defensive rebound by Ryghe Lyons  
16:51   Lost ball turnover on Dexter McClanahan  
16:39   Xavier Johnson missed jump shot, blocked by Ryghe Lyons  
16:37   Offensive rebound by Eric Hamilton  
16:34   Lost ball turnover on Eric Hamilton  
16:23 +2 Ryghe Lyons made layup, assist by Dexter McClanahan 6-1
16:00   Au'Diese Toney missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:58   Defensive rebound by Kevin Johnson  
15:53   Dexter McClanahan missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:51   Defensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
15:42   Lost ball turnover on Xavier Johnson, stolen by Dexter McClanahan  
15:35 +3 Kevin Johnson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dexter McClanahan 9-1
15:02   Justin Champagnie missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:00   Offensive rebound by Gerald Drumgoole Jr.  
14:52   Xavier Johnson missed jump shot  
14:50   Offensive rebound by Ryan Murphy  
14:50   Shooting foul on Ryghe Lyons  
14:50 +1 Ryan Murphy made free throw 9-2
14:50 +1 Ryan Murphy made 2nd of 2 free throws 9-3
14:25   Kevin Johnson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:23   Defensive rebound by Xavier Johnson  
14:10   Personal foul on Kevin Johnson  
14:09 +2 Justin Champagnie made layup, assist by Ryan Murphy 9-5
13:52 +3 Jeremiah Buford made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kevin Johnson 12-5
13:31   Bad pass turnover on Gerald Drumgoole Jr., stolen by Kevin Johnson  
13:25   Offensive foul on Kevin Johnson  
13:25   Turnover on Kevin Johnson  
13:13 +2 Trey McGowens made layup 12-7
13:09   Shooting foul on Dexter McClanahan  
13:09 +1 Trey McGowens made free throw 12-8
13:07   Lost ball turnover on Jeremiah Buford  
13:07   Xavier Johnson missed jump shot  
13:07   Offensive rebound by Xavier Johnson  
13:07   Xavier Johnson missed layup  
13:05   Defensive rebound by D'Angelo Hunter  
12:44   Turnover on D'Angelo Hunter  
12:35 +2 Terrell Brown made dunk, assist by Justin Champagnie 12-10
12:17 +3 Andre Jones made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dexter McClanahan 15-10
11:54   Ryan Murphy missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:52   Defensive rebound by Warith Alatishe  
11:40 +2 Andre Jones made layup 17-10
11:17   Ryan Murphy missed jump shot  
11:17   Defensive rebound by Dexter McClanahan  
11:09   Andre Jones missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:04   Defensive rebound by Ryan Murphy  
11:01   Trey McGowens missed layup, blocked by Andre Jones  
11:01   Offensive rebound by Pittsburgh  
10:57 +2 Ryan Murphy made jump shot, assist by Xavier Johnson 17-12
10:39   Shooting foul on Xavier Johnson  
10:39 +1 Andre Jones made 1st of 2 free throws 18-12
10:39 +1 Andre Jones made 2nd of 2 free throws 19-12
10:10 +2 Eric Hamilton made layup, assist by Trey McGowens 19-14
9:41 +2 Warith Alatishe made layup 21-14
9:32   Personal foul on Andre Jones  
9:32   Xavier Johnson missed free throw  
9:32   Defensive rebound by Ryghe Lyons  
9:14   Turnover on D'Angelo Hunter  
9:01 +2 Ryan Murphy made jump shot, assist by Xavier Johnson 21-16
8:46   D'Angelo Hunter missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:44   Offensive rebound by Dexter McClanahan  
8:31 +3 D'Angelo Hunter made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dexter McClanahan 24-16
7:58 +3 Ryan Murphy made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Trey McGowens 24-19
7:37   Personal foul on Xavier Johnson  
7:22   Jumpball received by Pittsburgh  
7:22   Lost ball turnover on Dexter McClanahan, stolen by Eric Hamilton  
6:54   Au'Diese Toney missed jump shot, blocked by Warith Alatishe  
6:54   Offensive rebound by Justin Champagnie  
6:54   Shooting foul on Warith Alatishe  
6:54 +1 Justin Champagnie made 1st of 2 free throws 24-20
6:54 +1 Justin Champagnie made 2nd of 2 free throws 24-21
6:38   Dexter McClanahan missed jump shot  
6:36   Offensive rebound by Ryghe Lyons  
6:26 +2 Ryghe Lyons made tip-in 26-21
6:17   Traveling violation turnover on Trey McGowens  
6:00   Warith Alatishe missed jump shot  
5:58   Offensive rebound by Jeremiah Buford  
5:52   Lost ball turnover on Jeremiah Buford, stolen by Terrell Brown  
5:47   Ryan Murphy missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:45   Defensive rebound by Dexter McClanahan  
5:38 +2 Andre Jones made layup 28-21
5:24   Traveling violation turnover on Trey McGowens  
5:05   Warith Alatishe missed layup, blocked by Terrell Brown  
5:03   Offensive rebound by Brandon Moore Jr.  
4:51 +3 Brandon Moore Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dexter McClanahan 31-21
4:13   Shooting foul on Ryghe Lyons  
4:13   Trey McGowens missed 1st of 2 free throws  
4:13 +1 Trey McGowens made 2nd of 2 free throws 31-22
4:13 +1 Trey McGowens made 2nd of 2 free throws 31-22
3:59   Jeremiah Buford missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Justin Champagnie  
3:57   Offensive rebound by Jeremiah Buford  
3:51 +2 D'Angelo Hunter made jump shot, assist by Jeremiah Buford 33-22
3:32   Xavier Johnson missed layup  
3:30   Defensive rebound by Brandon Moore Jr.  
3:21   Dexter McClanahan missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:19   Offensive rebound by Warith Alatishe  
3:07   Warith Alatishe missed layup  
3:05   Defensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
3:00 +2 Ryan Murphy made jump shot 33-24
2:32   Dexter McClanahan missed jump shot  
2:32   Offensive rebound by Nicholls State  
2:32   Personal foul on Brandon Moore Jr.  
2:20   Justin Champagnie missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:20 +1 Justin Champagnie made 2nd of 2 free throws 33-25
2:20 +1 Justin Champagnie made 2nd of 2 free throws 33-25
2:10   Andre Jones missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:08   Defensive rebound by Xavier Johnson  
2:01   Ryan Murphy missed layup  
1:59   Offensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
1:42 +2 Au'Diese Toney made tip-in 33-27
1:33 +3 Jeremiah Buford made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Warith Alatishe 36-27
1:19 +2 Xavier Johnson made layup 36-29
1:08   Andre Jones missed layup  
1:06   Offensive rebound by Andre Jones  
53.0 +3 D'Angelo Hunter made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Warith Alatishe 39-29
32.0 +2 Xavier Johnson made layup 39-31
2.0 +2 D'Angelo Hunter made jump shot, assist by Andre Jones 41-31

Time Team Play Score
19:39   Out of bounds turnover on Elvis Harvey Jr.  
19:22 +2 Au'Diese Toney made layup, assist by Xavier Johnson 41-33
19:02 +3 Kevin Johnson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Warith Alatishe 44-33
18:42 +3 Ryan Murphy made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Au'Diese Toney 44-36
18:23 +2 Kevin Johnson made layup 46-36
18:01   Bad pass turnover on Ryan Murphy, stolen by D'Angelo Hunter  
17:56   Shooting foul on Xavier Johnson  
17:56 +1 Elvis Harvey Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 47-36
17:56   Elvis Harvey Jr. missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
17:56   Defensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
17:26   Bad pass turnover on Justin Champagnie, stolen by D'Angelo Hunter  
17:06   Kevin Johnson missed jump shot  
17:04   Defensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
16:55 +2 Terrell Brown made layup, assist by Au'Diese Toney 47-38
16:36   Traveling violation turnover on Dexter McClanahan  
16:20   Lost ball turnover on Ryan Murphy, stolen by Dexter McClanahan  
16:06   Elvis Harvey Jr. missed jump shot  
16:04   Offensive rebound by Warith Alatishe  
15:57 +3 Kevin Johnson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Warith Alatishe 50-38
15:43 +3 Ryan Murphy made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Au'Diese Toney 50-41
15:20   Kevin Johnson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:18   Defensive rebound by Terrell Brown  
15:08   Ryan Murphy missed jump shot  
15:06   Offensive rebound by Ryan Murphy  
14:58   Lost ball turnover on Ryan Murphy, stolen by Warith Alatishe  
14:58   Warith Alatishe missed jump shot, blocked by Terrell Brown  
14:56   Defensive rebound by Terrell Brown  
14:47 +2 Gerald Drumgoole Jr. made layup, assist by Ryan Murphy 50-43
14:47   Shooting foul on Ryghe Lyons  
14:47   Gerald Drumgoole Jr. missed free throw  
14:47   Defensive rebound by Warith Alatishe  
14:37 +2 Andre Jones made layup 52-43
14:22 +2 Ryan Murphy made layup 52-45
14:08   Kevin Johnson missed layup, blocked by Terrell Brown  
14:06   Offensive rebound by Andre Jones  
14:02   Jumpball received by Pittsburgh  
14:02   Lost ball turnover on Andre Jones, stolen by Gerald Drumgoole Jr.  
13:59   Trey McGowens missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:57   Defensive rebound by Warith Alatishe  
13:29   Kevin Johnson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:27   Defensive rebound by Trey McGowens  
13:18 +2 Trey McGowens made layup 52-47
12:57   Andre Jones missed jump shot  
12:55   Offensive rebound by Elvis Harvey Jr.  
12:53   Elvis Harvey Jr. missed layup  
12:53   Defensive rebound by Trey McGowens  
12:53   Personal foul on Elvis Harvey Jr.  
12:31   Bad pass turnover on Trey McGowens, stolen by D'Angelo Hunter  
12:24   Dexter McClanahan missed layup  
12:24   Offensive rebound by Dexter McClanahan  
12:24   Dexter McClanahan missed layup  
12:24   Offensive rebound by Nicholls State  
12:23   D'Angelo Hunter missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:15   Offensive rebound by D'Angelo Hunter  
12:12 +3 D'Angelo Hunter made 3-pt. jump shot 55-47
12:00 +2 Xavier Johnson made layup 55-49
11:43   Traveling violation turnover on Andre Jones  
11:31   Offensive foul on Xavier Johnson  
11:31   Turnover on Xavier Johnson  
11:17   D'Angelo Hunter missed jump shot  
11:15   Defensive rebound by Ryan Murphy  
11:06   Ryan Murphy missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:04   Offensive rebound by Terrell Brown  
10:58   Lost ball turnover on Gerald Drumgoole Jr., stolen by Kevin Johnson  
10:46   Personal foul on Trey McGowens  
10:28   Kevin Johnson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:26   Defensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
10:18 +2 Trey McGowens made layup 55-51
9:48   Personal foul on Au'Diese Toney  
9:38   Jeremiah Buford missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:36   Defensive rebound by Trey McGowens  
9:30   Trey McGowens missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:28   Defensive rebound by Elvis Harvey Jr.  
9:18 +2 D'Angelo Hunter made jump shot 57-51
9:03   Trey McGowens missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:01   Offensive rebound by Terrell Brown  
8:56   Personal foul on Kevin Johnson  
8:47 +2 Terrell Brown made jump shot, assist by Ryan Murphy 57-53
8:12   D'Angelo Hunter missed jump shot, blocked by Terrell Brown  
8:12   Offensive rebound by Elvis Harvey Jr.  
8:12   Elvis Harvey Jr. missed layup  
8:12   Defensive rebound by Pittsburgh  
8:09   Ryan Murphy missed jump shot  
8:04   Defensive rebound by Kevin Johnson  
7:59   D'Angelo Hunter missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:55   Defensive rebound by Trey McGowens  
7:21   Justin Champagnie missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:17   Defensive rebound by Dexter McClanahan  
6:56   Shooting foul on Justin Champagnie  
6:55 +1 Dexter McClanahan made 1st of 2 free throws 58-53
6:55   Dexter McClanahan missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
6:55   Defensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
6:24   Justin Champagnie missed jump shot, blocked by Elvis Harvey Jr.  
6:22   Offensive rebound by Pittsburgh  
6:20   Shot clock violation turnover on Pittsburgh  
5:58   Bad pass turnover on Warith Alatishe, stolen by Trey McGowens  
5:53 +2 Trey McGowens made dunk 58-55
5:32   Lost ball turnover on Warith Alatishe, stolen by Ryan Murphy  
5:27   Shooting foul on Kevin Johnson  
5:27   Ryan Murphy missed 1st of 2 free throws  
5:27   Defensive rebound by Warith Alatishe  
5:27   Ryan Murphy missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
5:27   Defensive rebound by Warith Alatishe  
4:59 +2 D'Angelo Hunter made jump shot 60-55
4:36   Trey McGowens missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:34   Defensive rebound by Warith Alatishe  
4:32   Jumpball received by Pittsburgh  
4:32   Lost ball turnover on Warith Alatishe, stolen by Ryan Murphy  
4:28   Justin Champagnie missed jump shot  
4:26   Offensive rebound by Ryan Murphy  
4:18 +2 Ryan Murphy made tip-in 60-57
4:07   Lost ball turnover on Andre Jones, stolen by Xavier Johnson  
4:00 +2 Xavier Johnson made layup 60-59
3:31   D'Angelo Hunter missed jump shot, blocked by Terrell Brown  
3:29   Offensive rebound by Andre Jones  
3:18   Elvis Harvey Jr. missed jump shot  
3:16