Chris Jans and Mississippi State fell to Pitt in the First Four Tuesday night, ending a strong first season in Starkville. The Panthers escaped with the win after a late surge, with Mississippi State missing the potential game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer. Pitt now advances to the Round of 64 vs. Iowa State and the Bulldogs, sadly, go home.

Objectively it was a strong first season for Jans, who was named head coach after 5 years at New Mexico State. Jans led the Bulldogs to a 21-13 final record, finishing 8-10 in conference play. Notable wins in Year 1 included Marquette, TCU, Texas A&M and Arkansas at Bud Walton Arena. Mississippi State started the season 11-0.

Jans looked back on his first year in Starkville following Tuesday night’s loss. Here’s what he had to say: