PITTSBURGH — Pitt freshman wing Justin Champagnie had solely made a Three-point try in two of his first eleven video games as a Pitt Panther. Champagnie related on his first three makes an attempt from Three-point vary on Monday in Pitt’s win towards Canisius.
“It feels good,” Champagnie stated, following his career-high 21 level efficiency. “It’s only a confidence increase.”
Champagnie and his crew didn’t have a recreation for ten straight days earlier than their contest towards the Golden Griffins. Champagnie discovered himself within the health club, getting photographs up for a lot of that point off.
These further observe reps confirmed to be a difference-maker for Champagnie on Monday afternoon in Pitt’s remaining non-conference battle.
Champagnie was zero for his final ten makes an attempt earlier than this efficiency and 5-of-37 on the season.
“After these video games the place I had zero (threes), coach (Jeff Capel) was like, ‘You simply should get within the health club and proceed to shoot,’ Champagnie stated. “So (now), every single day, I shoot.”
The distinction on Monday was that every one of Champagnie’s photographs have been shot with quite a lot of confidence and rhythm.
Champagnie scorching taking pictures continued all through the sport as he completed 7-of-Eight taking pictures from the sphere and 5-of-6 from past the arc. He hit two-consecutive threes with just below 15-minutes left within the recreation that gave Pitt some much-needed separation after Canisius minimize their double-digit result in solely two factors.
“He’s been taking pictures, and (placing in) further work,” Capel stated. “He made them tonight. He may Zero-for-5 subsequent recreation. … Hopefully, not.”
Capturing performances just like the one among Champagnie might be the deciding think about a whole lot of the Panthers’ wins and losses the rest of the season.
“(Champagnie) can shoot the ball,” Sophomore Au’Diese Toney stated concerning the significance of Justin’s assured play. “He can do a whole lot of issues that we want (come ACC play).
Towards Canisius, Pitt shot 9-of-16 from Three-point land and scored within the 80s for the primary time this season. 9 made Three-pointers are tied for essentially the most of their first 13 video games (9-for-26 towards Florida State).