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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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Key Players
K. Johnson
T. McGowens
35.0 Min. Per Game 35.0
10.0 Pts. Per Game 10.0
5.0 Ast. Per Game 5.0
7.0 Reb. Per Game 7.0
31.6 Field Goal % 37.5
50.0 Three Point % 25.0
100.0 Free Throw % 66.7
  Offensive rebound by Pittsburgh 0.0
  Au'Diese Toney missed 3-pt. jump shot 0.0
+ 2 Andre Jones made layup 0.0
  Offensive rebound by Andre Jones 1.0
  Elvis Harvey Jr. missed layup 1.0
  Lost ball turnover on Ryan Murphy 8.0
  Defensive rebound by Justin Champagnie 13.0
  Andre Jones missed free throw 13.0
  Personal foul on Xavier Johnson 13.0
  Traveling violation turnover on Au'Diese Toney 18.0
+ 1 Warith Alatishe made 2nd of 2 free throws 27.0
Team Stats
Points 75 70
Field Goals 27-65 (41.5%) 28-56 (50.0%)
3-Pointers 11-24 (45.8%) 4-16 (25.0%)
Free Throws 10-13 (76.9%) 10-18 (55.6%)
Total Rebounds 36 36
Offensive 16 13
Defensive 16 21
Team 4 2
Assists 14 12
Steals 11 7
Blocks 5 8
Turnovers 17 20
Fouls 19 12
Technicals 0 0
17 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST
28 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo Nicholls State 1-1 413475
home team logo Pittsburgh 1-1 313970
Team Stats
away team logo Nicholls State 1-1 75.3 PPG 38.3 RPG 13.7 APG
home team logo Pittsburgh 1-1 68.0 PPG 40.7 RPG 12.0 APG
Key Players
0
D. Hunter G 11.0 PPG 3.0 RPG 0.0 APG 41.9 FG%
24
R. Murphy G 17.0 PPG 3.7 RPG 2.0 APG 50.0 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Hunter G 17 PTS 2 REB 0 AST
R. Murphy G 28 PTS 5 REB 3 AST
41.5 FG% 50.0
45.8 3PT FG% 25.0
76.9 FT% 55.6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Hunter 17 2 0 7/15 3/6 0/0 1 34 4 1 2 1 1
K. Johnson 16 2 2 5/13 4/8 2/2 5 23 3 0 2 0 2
W. Alatishe 6 8 4 2/7 0/0 2/2 1 34 1 1 3 2 6
D. McClanahan 5 5 5 2/8 0/2 1/2 2 36 3 0 3 2 3
E. Harvey Jr. 1 4 1 0/5 0/0 1/2 4 18 0 1 2 3 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Hunter 17 2 0 7/15 3/6 0/0 1 34 4 1 2 1 1
K. Johnson 16 2 2 5/13 4/8 2/2 5 23 3 0 2 0 2
W. Alatishe 6 8 4 2/7 0/0 2/2 1 34 1 1 3 2 6
D. McClanahan 5 5 5 2/8 0/2 1/2 2 36 3 0 3 2 3
E. Harvey Jr. 1 4 1 0/5 0/0 1/2 4 18 0 1 2 3 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Jones 17 4 1 6/10 1/3 4/5 1 24 0 1 3 4 0
J. Buford 6 2 1 2/4 2/4 0/0 0 17 0 0 2 2 0
R. Lyons 4 3 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 4 8 0 1 0 1 2
B. Moore Jr. 3 2 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 1 6 0 0 0 1 1
N. Garvin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Fornes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Dorsey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Clement - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Terrell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. McGhee - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 75 32 14 27/65 11/24 10/13 19 200 11 5 17 16 16
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
X. Johnson 10 5 3 5/10 0/0 0/1 5 24 1 0 5 1 4
T. McGowens 10 5 2 4/10 0/4 2/3 2 25 1 0 4 1 4
A. Toney 4 9 3 2/5 0/2 0/0 1 34 0 0 1 1 8
E. Hamilton 3 2 0 1/2 0/0 1/2 0 8 1 1 2 2 0
G. Drumgoole Jr. 2 1 0 1/2 0/1 0/1 0 13 1 0 2 1 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
X. Johnson 10 5 3 5/10 0/0 0/1 5 24 1 0 5 1 4
T. McGowens 10 5 2 4/10 0/4 2/3 2 25 1 0 4 1 4
A. Toney 4 9 3 2/5 0/2 0/0 1 34 0 0 1 1 8
E. Hamilton 3 2 0 1/2 0/0 1/2 0 8 1 1 2 2 0
G. Drumgoole Jr. 2 1 0 1/2 0/1 0/1 0 13 1 0 2 1 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Murphy 28 5 3 10/17 4/7 4/6 0 37 2 0 5 3 2
T. Brown 8 5 0 4/4 0/0 0/1 0 28 1 5 0 3 2
J. Champagnie 5 2 1 1/6 0/2 3/4 4 27 0 2 1 1 1
A. Coulibaly 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
K. Chukwuka - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. George - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Starzynski - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Aiken Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Horton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. Ezeakudo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Marshall - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 70 34 12 28/56 4/16 10/18 12 200 7 8 20 13 21