Stallings irked by lack of fire in Panthers’ rout

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Justice Kithcart drives to the basket during the first half Monday night. — MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Tim Craft shook his head, took a deep breath and turned to an assistant coach, pointing toward the three-point line in disbelief.

Craft — in his third season as Gardner-Webb’s head coach — threw a man-to-man defense at Pitt, and all he could do was watch as shot after shot went in.

Kevin Stallings was equally dumbfounded.

At times, the Panthers were brilliant offensively, shooting 53.8 percent from the field and executing the fast offense Stallings desires. He also was frustrated in a lack of focus, particularly his turnover-prone offense, during Pitt's 99-80 win over Gardner-Webb in a non-conference game Monday night at the Petersen Events Center.