Pitt edges St. Bonaventure, 58-54

The Pittsburgh Panthers made free throws when they needed to, St. Bonaventure didn’t, and the Panthers ground out a 58-54 victory against the Bonnies on Saturday.

St. Bonaventure had a chance to tie the game after Jaylen Adams was fouled on a 3-point attempt with the Bonnies trailing 55-52 and 6 seconds to play, but Adams missed the second free throw.

Mike Young followed with a pair of successful attempts to ice Pitt’s victory.

Pitt (6-3) outlasted the Bonnies (6-2) in a defensive struggle and the Panthers shot 40 percent from the field to just 36 percent for the Bonnies. The teams combined to force 27 turnovers.

Pitt took a 42-31 lead after a 13-2 run early in the second half behind a 3-pointer from Chris Jones and a couple baskets by Josh Newkirk.

The Bonnies battled back with a 14-2 run and took a 45-44 lead with back-to-back baskets by Dion Wright.

Young and Jamel Artis each came up with baskets for Pitt that put the Panthers in control of the game down the stretch, forcing the Bonnies to foul.

Young and Artis led Pitt with 14 points apiece and Jones added 11.

St. Bonaventure guard Marcus Posley led all scorers with 17 and Dion Wright chipped in 10.

The action was back-and-forth throughout the first half, with five lead changes and six ties. St. Bonaventure led 25-24 after 20 minutes of action.

TIP-INS

St. Bonaventure posted its lowest scoring output of the season in the loss. The Bonnies’ prior lowest total came in a 59-53 victory against Canisius Nov. 19. They also finished with their worst shooting rate of 36 percent after shooting 18 of 50 Saturday.

Pitt finished 15 of 23 from the free throw line, a 65.2 percent rate, the team’s second-worst mark of the year. The Panthers entered the game shooting 70.5 percent from the charity stripe, and shot 62.5 percent in their last game against Duquesne.

UP NEXT

Pittsburgh plays Manhattan Wednesday at home.

St. Bonaventure faces Binghamton next Saturday.


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