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Pitt’s Jamel Artis drops career-high 43 in loss

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17:  Pittsburgh Panthers forward Jamel Artis (1) during the second half of the NCAA basketball game between the Pittsburgh Panthers and the Southern Methodist Mustangs in the 2k Classic on November 17,2016, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
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The Pitt Panthers may not have won the game on the road against the Louisville Cardinals on Wednesday night, but senior forward Jamel Artis may have won the battle. He went off for a career-high 43 points, raining down 15 made shots from the field, including seven three-pointers. His 43-point effort was the second highest total for any Panther in a single game in program history.

For Artis, that’s now five games in a row with at least 23 points. He entered play on Wednesday averaging 21.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game, having scored in double figures in every game he has appeared in this season. It’s now his third game in the past month with 30 or more points.

Artis’ offensive explosion has been a four-year culmination. He has increased his scoring average each season on campus, topping out at 14.4 points per game last year. But the biggest indicator was the additional three-pointer per game he took, which has now skyrocketed to over six per game as a senior.

Following the game, he is the team’s new leading scorer, but entering the game, that honor still belonged to senior Michael Young who has poured in 22.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Young added a double-double alongside Artis, but not even that was enough to slow down the Cardinals onslaught, as they took 34 free throws and had four players in double-digits.

Artis’ next opportunity to continue his streak of high-volume scoring will come Saturday as Pitt welcomes in the Miami Hurricanes, looking to improve upon the 1-3 start they’ve had to start the ACC campaign.

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