Playing without leading scorer and rebounder Marvin Prochet has been a factor in the three-game losing streak Niagara men’s basketball takes to Pittsburgh tonight to face the Panthers in the Peterson Events Center.
The Purple Eagles went 2-2 in their first fouir games with Prochet, a 6-foot-7 senior averaging 20.3 points and 11.3 rebounds. But a toe injury suffered in the fourth game, a loss to Grambling State, cost them the services of Prochet losses to St. Francis (Brooklyn) and Saint Francis (Pa.) in the last two outings.
Prochet is day-to-day, coach Chris Casey said. The Purple Eagles will need him against Pitt, which is off to a 7-1 start with the loss at Iowa, 69-68, in the ACC-Big 10 Challenge.
Pitt’s most significant win was a 74-53 triumph over cross-town rivalry Duquesne on Friday night.
The Panthers had four double-figure scorers in the win against the Dukes. Trey McGowens had 14 points, Malik Ellison 13, Jared Wilson-Frame 12 and Xavier Johnson 10 for first-year coach Jeff Capel, who joined the Panthers after four years as an assistant at Duke. He was formerly head coach at VCU and Oklahoma.
McGowens and Johnson are freshmen. Another freshman on the Pitt roster is Curtis Aiken Jr., son of the former Bennett High and Panthers star. Aiken is rehabbing from a knee injury that cost him most of his senior season at North Allegany High in Pittsburgh and has not played this season.