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Pitt’s Comeback Effort Comes up Short, Falls to Virginia 66-61

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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.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Rob Radich
Rob Radich
4 months ago

Another 1 game “winning streak” snapped. Pitiful. Article in the Athletic about how sad the program has become. The obligatory deflection from the sham of a Coach.

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
4 months ago
Reply to  Rob Radich

Nice to see you shilling for the Athletic. I’m sure the administrators on this site will have no problem with it since anything goes here.

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4 months ago
Reply to  Rob Radich

Not pc to criticize them. So they don’t. They deflect and offer cover.

Richard Johnson
Richard Johnson
4 months ago

I am so disappointed in the lack of talent on this team. I will not name names , but, some of these players do not belong on a Power 5 team. These kid’s lack of fundamentals and Basketball IQ astounds me. You are not going to win pounding the ball inside if you have no shooters, hate to say it but Pitt might need to change directions. Coach you have to recruit better being a great guy is not enough.

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4 months ago

Only 2 ACC caliber players on the roster. Hughley & Burton. The rest like you say are not P5 players. Capel was grabbing anybody he could, just to fill out the roster.

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4 months ago

Okudale had 6 of his 10 points, in the last minute or so of the game, when UVA basically let him drive to the basket, rather than let Hugley or Burton get the ball. So the other 98% of the game he was basically worthless. Middle of Year 4 of Capel and yet to recruit a PG.

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