Virginia beats Pitt on a 3-pointer at the buzzer, 48-45
February 2, 2014 3:13 PM
Pitt's Jamel Artis drives to the net on his team's last possession of the game against Virginia's Malcolm Brogdon in the second half.
Pitt's Cameron Wright leaps to keep the ball inbounds in front of the Virginia bench in the second half.
Pitt's Michael Young tries to come down with a rebound against Virginia in the second half.
Pitt's Talib Zanna grimaces after coming down hard on his left ankle in the first half.
By Paul Zeise / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Malcolm Brogdon hit a 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds to play to lift Virginia over No. 18 Pitt, 48-45, before a crowd of 12,508 at the Petersen Events Center.
The Panthers (18-4, 6-3 in the ACC) had a chance to take a lead the possession before Brogdon hit the game-winner but James Robinson missed an open look at a 3-pointer and Jamel Artis, who got the offensive rebound, missed a putback.
It was that kind of day for the Panthers, who lost for the second time in a row at home and fell into a third-place tie with Duke in the ACC, as they made only 15-of-47 field goal attempts (31.9 percent) and only 11-of-19 (57.9 percent) from the free throw line.
The game was close the entire way as both teams play with a very similar philosophy of hard-nosed defense and patient, deliberate offense making possessions and points at a premium.
Pitt looked like it might have hit the shot to turn the game in its favor, though, with 6:52 to play when Cameron Wright hit a turn around, bank-shot 3-pointer as the shot-clock expired to give the Panthers a 44-41 lead.
But the Panthers scored only one more point the entire game and Joe Harris tied the game at 45-45 with 3:12 to play with a free throw.
Neither team scored again until Brogdon, who led Virginia (17-5, 8-1) with 16 points and 5 rebounds, hit the big shot to win the game.
Artis led the Panthers with 11 points and 7 rebounds and Lamar Patterson added 10 points, though he was 3-of-14 from the field.
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