The fouls added up. The foul trouble, and Pitt’s 22 made free-throw attempts, were too much to overcome.
Trent Forrest scored 19 points and Devin Vassell added 14 points but Pitt was 22 of 31 at the free-throw line in a 63-61 win over Florida State on Wednesday in the season opener for both teams.
The free-throw disparity was a crucial storyline. FSU (0-1) shot just 15 free-throw attempts and lost three players to fouls late in the game. Malik Osborne fouled out with 2 minutes left. The transfer forward had a team-leading nine rebounds and two points.
Balsa Koprivica also fouled out with 1:21 to go, and RaiQuan Gray fouled out with 21.4 seconds left. Gray had seven points and four rebounds.
“We were reaching and grabbing,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. “There were some very anxious fouls and once we got into that situation where we had to play a lot of different lineups, they took advantage of it.”
Vassell’s 14 points were two off a career high. He shot 6 of 7 from the floor, scoring all of his points in the second half after he picked up two quick fouls early in the first half.
Forrest shot 8 of 16 from the floor but missed a shot in the final seconds that could have tied the game.
Patrick Williams had five points on 1 of 5 shooting in his debut.
The Seminoles were playing without Dominik Olejniczak due to a calf injury.