PITTSBURGH — Nearly two months after falling to Virginia on a last-second buzzer beater, Pitt once again fell to the Cavaliers on Wednesday night, this time by a score of 66-61.
With just over two minutes remaining, the Panthers hit four of five goals to cut the once ten-point Virginia lead to just three. However, Virginia used a late bucket by guard Aarman Franklin to seal the deal and close out the Panthers.
The Cavaliers were led by Reece Beekman, who finished with 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Jayden Gardner, who sank Pitt on a game-winning jumper back in December, finished Wednesday’s contest with 14 points and four rebounds.
John Hugley led the Panthers with a game-high 23 points on 7-for-14 shooting, and also grabbed seven rebounds in the loss.
Jamarius Burton contributed with 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting, also going 4 of 6 from the free-throw line.
Aside from those two, Femi Odukale also scored ten points, grabbed three rebounds, and dished out three assists in the loss.
With the win, the Cavaliers improve to 11-7 overall, as well as 5-3 in conference play, while Pitt falls to 7-11 and 2-5 in the ACC.
Pitt will now travel down to Clemson to take on the Tigers on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. That game will be televised on ACC Network.