Louisville pulls ahead of Pitt, 62-59, in overtime

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Louisville held Pitt without a basket in overtime, and the 16th-ranked Cardinals beat the fourth-ranked Panthers, 62-59, this afternoon at the KFC Yum! Center.

Pitt's lead atop the Big East standings is down to one game with two regular season games remaining.

Louisville outscored Pitt, 6-3, in overtime.

Kyle Kuric put the Cardinals ahead 59-56 with a 3-pointer with 3:47 left in the overtime period. Following a Travon Woodall turnover, Terrence Jennings made one free throw for a four-point lead.

Gary McGhee cut the lead to three when he converted one of two free throw attempts with 1:45 left. Gilbert Brown had a chance to cut the lead to one twice in the final minute, but he missed a jumper and then a layup with 10 seconds left.

Kuric appeared to put the game away when he scored with .5 left on the clock to make it 62-57, but Louisville was called for a technical. Ashton Gibbs made both free throws to cut the lead to three. Gibbs had a look at a 3-pointer from near half court, but he missed as time expired.

The Panthers (25-4, 13-3) trailed by nine at halftime, but tied the score three times in the final four minutes of regulation, the final time with 17 seconds left after Brad Wanamaker made a jumper. Wanamaker also made jump shots with 3:38 remaining and 1:07 remaining to tie the score after the Panthers trailed by nine at halftime.

Brown led Pitt with 20 points. Wanamaker had a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Louisville had one final chance to win it in regulation, but Wanamaker swatted Kuric's attempt under the hoop with one second left to force overtime.

Pitt trailed, 31-22, at halftime. It was the fewest amount of points for Pitt in a half this season. The Panthers missed 17 of its first 20 shots from the field and trailed by 12 with four minutes to go before halftime. They went 11 minutes and 14 seconds between field goals until Wanamaker made a bucket with 3:19 remaining.

After five baskets in less than two minutes, the Panthers climbed back into the game and only trailed by four with 1:21 left. But Louisville scored the final five points of the half. Mike Marra made his second 3-pointer of the half for his eighth point with 1:01 on the clock, and Peyton Siva converted two free throws with two seconds left after being fouled by Wanamaker on a drive to the hoop.

Ray Fittipaldo: rfittipaldo@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1230.


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