Charles LeClaire, USA Today

Pitt tops Yale 75-70: 5 takeaways

PantherMore.com gives you five takeaways from Pitt's edging over reigning Ivy League champion Yale

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Michael Young and Jamel Artis have combined to form one of the nation's heavyweight scoring duos for the past several seasons. The two have certainly not regressed this season offensively.

Fresh off his second consecutive ACC Player of the Week honors, Young scored 24 points and pulled in 10 boards, while Artis registered 20 points, 4 assists and a handful of clutch free throws.

All of their points came from inside the arc.

Pitt sharpshooter Cameron Johnson nailed an early 3-pointer but his scoring was silenced for the next 30 minutes of play.

Pitt found itself up just 57-53 with 5:23 left in the game when Johnson connected on three 3-pointers in 67 seconds, giving the Panthers needed offense that ultimately helped them escape with a win.

Johnson was 4 of 5 from 3-point land Tuesday night, netting 15 points. The rest of the team? 1 for 11 from beyond the arc.

Stallings was not totally pleased with his team's shot selection, especially early on in the contest, after the game.

"I felt like we were playing hockey, just trying to get it on goal," Stallings said.

Stallings went on to specifically reference a couple off-balance runners that Johnson attempted in the lane, saying he would prefer a longer 3-point attempt because of Johnson's extended jumpshooting range.

Pitt went 26 of 58 from the floor (44.8 percent).

Considering Pitt coach Kevin Stallings' open offensive philosophy with his team this season, it's quite evident that his team will probably not set any Pitt records in assists this year.

But Stallings isn't mad. He said during his postgame press conference that he is more concerned with limiting turnovers, and Pitt did just that against Yale, turning the ball over a mere five times while scoring 13 assisted baskets. 

In 13 seasons under Jamie Dixon, Pitt was consistently one of the nation's elite offensive rebounding teams. Through five games this season under Stallings, Pitt ranks 229th in offensive rebound percentage (27 percent). 

On Tuesday, only seven of Pitt's offensive rebounds were on the offensive end, and the Panthers scored just nine points off those boards.

Young recorded four of those seven.


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