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29 March 2009

Panthers fall to Nova, 78 - 76

A wonderful season ended Saturday night for Pitt with a loss to Villanova on a Scottie Reynolds last second driving basket in Boston.

See Andy Katz's article here: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/ncaatourney09/columns/story?columnist=katz_andy&id=4024675

Pitt was behind and tied the score at 76 on two amazingly clutch Levance Fields free throws with 5.5 to go (interrupted in between by a Nova timeout), but the inbound pass went to Dante Cunningham, who got it to Reynolds who was waay to easily allowed to drive the lane and put the ball up over Gilbert Brown, as you can see in the picture above. No real resistance. Nobody hasseled him. It was a microcosm of the falloff of Pitt's defense this season compared to last year and years past.

It truly was a great season in which Pitt played brilliantly at times, especially in the two games against Uconn and against Marquette.

Pitt now loses its three seniors, Levance Fields, Sam Young, and Tyrell Biggs. There also is a 99.9% chance that it will lose All American center DeJuan Blair to the NBA draft.

Incoming is a great recruiting class to help replace them, but it will be tough to duplicate the success of this season next year.

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