Adam Smith catches fire as Virginia Tech squeaks past Pitt
By: Tyler Turner
Another day, another disappointing loss for the Pitt Panthers. Even when it looked like things would be alright, disaster struck. A hurricane of threes from Adam Smith destroyed all hope for Pitt, as Smith drained six three pointers along side 26 points.
Pitt played well enough to win this game, even leading by 7 with 1:52 left; however Pitt, once again, couldn’t make their shots down the stretch to pull out a victory.
With seven seconds left in regulation and down three, Virginia Tech had just one chance to send this contest into OT. As the clock ran down, Adam Smith pulled up from the logo near half court, said a prayer and launched the game tying three. As the clock hit 0:00 the scoreboard read 62-62. Pitt would need overtime to escape Blacksburg with a win.
In overtime, however, Pitt couldn’t stop Adam Smith. The 6-1 junior played big all night but his shining moment came in the final seconds of overtime. With the game tied at 67, VT moved the ball around looking for the perfect shot. Smith lost his man, caught the pass, pulled up and drained the game winning three sending Pitt home to an unhappy Oakland crowd.
While the lose was unbearable, there were some positives to take away. First off, Jamel Artis is a bad man. Artis can shoot the three, drive to the rack and even shake and bake. The future is bright for number 1. Second, Pitt wont’ lose these games next year. With everyone coming back except Cam Wright and having big time recruits coming our way, the future is looking good for the Panthers.
Pitt desperately needs a big man and a three-point specialist. If you add those two types of players to the group now, Pitt may be unstoppable next year. For now though, the heartbreaking loses will continue to sting.