Niagara ‘wanted to win more,’ tops Pitt, 71-70


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Trey McGowens scores a breakaway layup against Niagara - Alex Mowrey / Pitt Athletics

Pitt found itself behind and managed to rally, but no amount of Xs and Os was going to overcome what the Panthers were lacking.

Xavier Johnson's last-ditch driving shot rattled around the rim before falling out, and a second-chance basket by Jared Wilson-Frame came well after the final buzzer, giving visiting Niagara an unexpected but deserved win, 71-70, as the Purple Eagles outworked Pitt all around the Petersen Events Center court Monday night.

While there certainly were good tactical moves made by Niagara (3-4), such as packing the lane defensively to sell out at stopping Pitt's penetration, there was a much simpler explanation for why the Purple Eagles were able to get the best of Pitt (7-2) after losing last Friday at St. Francis (Pa.).

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