The Pittsburgh Panthers (6-9, 1-3 ACC) won their first conference game of the season 69-67, defeating the Boston College Eagles (6-7, 1-2 ACC) at the Petersen Events Center on Saturday, Jan. 8.
John Hugley did it all for the Panthers in the first half, scoring 19 points and drawing five fouls, along with five rebounds and two steals.
Eagles guard Jaeden Zackery sank a corner three to make it 7-2 three minutes into the game, forcing Pitt head coach Jeff Capel to call a timeout.
The Panthers responded with a 9-2 run that included back-to-back three pointers by John Hugley and Mouhamadou Gueye.
Trailing 12-11 midway through the opening frame, Boston College scored 12 unanswered before
Hugley spent 1:44 on an 8-0 streak of his own. Hugley tied the game at 26 with a pair of free throws, but Eagles guard Brevin Galloway took over late with two three pointers and a layup on the way to a 36-32 halftime lead.
The second half started slow as both teams struggled to make shots. Boston College big men James Karnik and Quinten Post earned their fourth fouls of the game, and the Panthers saw success attacking the paint against a smaller lineup on the way to a 52-44 lead, their largest of the night.
Karnik came back in an attempt to stop the bleeding, but promptly fouled out with just over ten minutes to go.
The Eagles went on a 12-4 run to tie the game at 56 with 5:18 left, aided by four Panthers shooting fouls.
Femi Odukale fouled out with 2:09 to go as the Panthers clung to a 64-61 lead. Eagles guard Makai Ashton-Langford made a three pointer to tie the game 30 seconds later.
Post fouled out with 1:02 remaining, and Hugley made both of his free throws on the way to a 66-64 lead.
The Eagles pulled within one, but Hugley made another free throw to take a 69-67 lead with 4.3 to go as the Panthers hung on to win.