After winning 11 of its final 14 games during the regular season, Pitt failed to win a game in the Big East or NCAA tournament.
The eighth-seeded Panthers fell to ninth-seeded Wichita State, 73-55, Thursday afternoon.
Wichita State, from the Missouri Valley Conference, dominated the second half and ran away from the Panthers after holding a five-point lead at the intermission.
Pitt shot 35 percent and was 1 for 17 from 3-point range. The Panthers also turned the ball over 15 times and lost the rebounding battle, 37-32.
“They were aggressive from the beginning,” Pitt senior Tray Woodall said. “Coach emphasized to us that they were going to be aggressive. On offense, we played too lackadaisical.”
Woodall had a game to forget. In his final game in a Pitt uniform, he was 1 for 12 from the field, scored two points and had five turnovers.
Pitt’s top scorer was freshman Steven Adams, who had 13 points and 11 rebounds. It was his second double-double of the season.
Other than Adams, there wasn’t much positive about the game for the Panthers. Adams was 5 for 7 from the field. The other four starters were 5 for 30.
The reserves scored 20 points and were 7 for 17 from the field. Cam Wright and JJ Moore each had six points apiece.
“They basically beat us in everything,” Moore said.
Adams said he will return for his sophomore season. The 7-foot New Zealander has until the middle of next month to change his mind about the NBA, but he sounded pretty set on his decision.
“I’m coming back,” he said. “I don’t know why you guys keep asking that question.”
Coach Jamie Dixon also sounded like someone who was going to return for an 11th season behind the bench. Dixon has been the subject of rumors about the opening at USC, but he talked about coaching a roster next season that returns four starters, with Adams being the centerpiece.
“I’m looking forward to watching these guys and coaching these guys and them being better next year,” Dixon said. “I can’t wait because I know we have a great group, and I’m excited about it.”
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