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Pitt snaps long ACC losing skid, tops Louisville 89-86 in OT

PITTSBURGH (AP) Jeff Capel could see it in the faces of his players as the Pittsburgh Panthers surrounded their first-year coach before overtime started on Wednesday night against Louisville. A once seemingly comfortable 13-point lead gone and momentum fully tilted toward the Cardinals, Capel sensed dejection and even worse, doubt.

A chance at ending a long ACC losing streak that the majority of the roster didn't contribute to but nonetheless shouldered slipping away, Capel offered his young team a reminder. Loudly.

''I got on them,'' Capel said. ''I told them we're going to win. Five more minutes.''

Then the Panthers did something they hadn't done in 690 days, long before Capel or most of the players in uniform arrived on campus. They responded. Emphatically.

Trey McGowens set a school freshman record by pouring in 33 points, fellow freshman Xavier Johnson added 21 points and 10 assists and Pitt held off Louisville 89-86 for the program's first Atlantic Coast Conference victory in nearly two years.

''It just tells you that we're a good team,'' Johnson said. ''We never stop playing. We always fight. No matter if it's 45 minutes or 40 minutes.''

Pitt snapped a 23-game losing streak in ACC regular season play dating back to a win over Florida State on Feb. 18, 2017 when Steven Enoch's hurried 3-point point attempt at the buzzer smacked off the backboard as the Petersen Events Center roared. The Panthers spilled onto the court in a mixture of celebration and relief.

''Last year we had a rough year,'' said Pitt center Terrell Brown, one of the few holdovers from the group that went 0-19 in the league in 2017-18. ''(Now) we got our first win in our second game. It opens the door for everything else.''

Johnson shook off early foul trouble to score 17 after the break, including a 3-pointer early in the extra session to answer a 3-pointer by Louisville's Ryan McMahon.

''Just relaxed,'' Johnson said. ''I knew something was going to happen.''

Still, the Cardinals had a chance. Louisville missed six shots over the last 90 seconds as its 12-game winning streak over the Panthers ended with a clang. Christen Cunningham led the Cardinals (10-5, 1-1) with 23 points and Enoch chipped in 14 points and seven rebounds, but leading scorer Jordan Nwora finished with just eight points on 2-of-14 shooting and Louisville couldn't seem to keep the explosive Panthers in check.

''The backcourt for Pitt was phenomenal,'' Louisville coach Chris Mack said. ''It's hard to believe those kids should be high school seniors. They're freshmen now, and they had their way with us.''

Mack added his team's defense was ''deplorable.'' The Panthers shot 52 percent (32 of 61) from the field, including 61 percent (16 of 26) in the second half to offset a miserable 16 of 33 performance at the foul line that nearly cost them the game.

Dwayne Sutton hit a runner with 26 seconds left to go in regulation to cap a 17-4 run and draw Louisville even for the first time since midway through the first half. Capel opted not to call timeout, but the Panthers were unable to get a shot off in the final seconds of regulation as McGowens lost the handle just before time expired.

No matter, Pitt survived thanks in part to a defense that forced 18 turnovers and the growing confidence of McGowens and Johnson. The two signed with the Panthers days apart last spring and arrived on campus intent on turning the program around.

The Panthers were outclassed during a 25-point loss to North Carolina last Saturday in Capel's ACC debut, one that offered a glimpse of the long road that lies ahead. Still, he reiterated his team is headed in the right direction, and the Panthers proved it against a school in the middle of a rebuilding process of its own.

''''It was huge for us,'' Capel said. ''Huge for this program.''

Louisville rallied from a halftime deficit to surge past Miami in Mack's conference opener but the Cardinals struggled to get into any rhythm against the Panthers. Louisville trailed by as much 16 and led for less than 5 minutes, compared to more than 34 minutes Pitt.

''Bad night for our team,'' Mack said. ''I thought Jeff's guys were a lot harder playing than our team. I thought maybe the whipping they took over the weekend fueled them. They came out, played a lot harder than we did.''

BIG PICTURE

Louisville: Defense could be an issue all season for the Cardinals, who allowed the Panthers - particularly Johnson and McGowens - to get in the lane whenever they wanted. Even a switch to a 1-3-1 zone in the first half failed to slow Pitt's momentum.

Pitt: Freed from the weight of a losing streak that the majority of the roster had no part of, the Panthers could be a threat against middle-tier ACC teams thanks to the confidence and athleticism of Johnson and McGowens.

UP NEXT

Louisville: Travels to No. 12 North Carolina on Saturday.

Pitt: Visits No. 15 North Carolina State on Saturday.

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Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Pittsburgh  
19:37   Trey McGowens missed layup, blocked by Malik Williams  
19:35   Defensive rebound by Christen Cunningham  
19:14 +2 Malik Williams made dunk, assist by Christen Cunningham 2-0
18:52   Trey McGowens missed layup  
18:50   Defensive rebound by Malik Williams  
18:35   Traveling violation turnover on Dwayne Sutton  
18:17   Xavier Johnson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:15   Defensive rebound by Malik Williams  
18:09   Personal foul on Xavier Johnson  
17:59   Lost ball turnover on Dwayne Sutton  
17:51   Jared Wilson-Frame missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:49   Defensive rebound by Dwayne Sutton  
17:43 +2 Dwayne Sutton made layup 4-0
17:23 +2 Malik Ellison made jump shot, assist by Xavier Johnson 4-2
17:04   Personal foul on Malik Ellison  
16:57   Jordan Nwora missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:55   Defensive rebound by Pittsburgh  
16:35   Au'Diese Toney missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:33   Defensive rebound by Dwayne Sutton  
16:23   Lost ball turnover on Malik Williams, stolen by Au'Diese Toney  
16:10 +2 Xavier Johnson made layup 4-4
15:53   Malik Williams missed jump shot  
15:51   Defensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
15:40   Xavier Johnson missed layup, blocked by Malik Williams  
15:38   Offensive rebound by Terrell Brown  
15:29   Terrell Brown missed dunk  
15:29   Defensive rebound by Dwayne Sutton  
15:29 +2 Khwan Fore made driving layup, assist by Christen Cunningham 6-4
15:23   Offensive foul on Malik Ellison  
15:23   Turnover on Malik Ellison  
15:09   Personal foul on Kene Chukwuka  
15:06   Offensive foul on Steven Enoch  
15:06   Turnover on Steven Enoch  
14:53 +3 Trey McGowens made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Xavier Johnson 6-7
14:35 +2 Steven Enoch made hook shot 8-7
14:23 +3 Trey McGowens made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kene Chukwuka 8-10
14:04   Lost ball turnover on Khwan Fore, stolen by Trey McGowens  
13:57 +2 Trey McGowens made driving layup 8-12
13:35   Jordan Nwora missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:33   Offensive rebound by Dwayne Sutton  
13:24 +2 Dwayne Sutton made dunk 10-12
13:11 +2 Trey McGowens made driving layup 10-14
12:45   Lost ball turnover on Jordan Nwora, stolen by Kene Chukwuka  
12:40   Shooting foul on Steven Enoch  
12:40   Au'Diese Toney missed 1st of 2 free throws  
12:40 +1 Au'Diese Toney made 2nd of 2 free throws 10-15
12:30   Ryan McMahon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:28   Defensive rebound by Khameron Davis  
12:16   Out of bounds turnover on Xavier Johnson  
12:03   Darius Perry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:01   Offensive rebound by Malik Williams  
12:00   Personal foul on Trey McGowens  
11:49   Personal foul on Trey McGowens  
11:41 +3 Ryan McMahon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jordan Nwora 13-15
11:17   Terrell Brown missed jump shot  
11:15   Defensive rebound by V.J. King  
11:08   Offensive foul on Malik Williams  
11:08   Turnover on Malik Williams  
10:55   Jared Wilson-Frame missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:53   Offensive rebound by Pittsburgh  
10:34   Jared Wilson-Frame missed layup  
10:32   Offensive rebound by Jared Wilson-Frame  
10:30   Personal foul on Ryan McMahon  
10:28   Lost ball turnover on Au'Diese Toney  
10:17 +2 Malik Williams made reverse layup, assist by V.J. King 15-15
10:17   Shooting foul on Xavier Johnson  
10:17 +1 Malik Williams made free throw 16-15
10:06 +3 Khameron Davis made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Xavier Johnson 16-18
9:50   Malik Williams missed jump shot  
9:48   Defensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
9:32   Shooting foul on Malik Williams  
9:32 +1 Xavier Johnson made 1st of 2 free throws 16-19
9:32 +1 Xavier Johnson made 2nd of 2 free throws 16-20
9:09   Akoy Agau missed hook shot, blocked by Kene Chukwuka  
9:07   Defensive rebound by Xavier Johnson  
8:59   Shooting foul on V.J. King  
8:59   Au'Diese Toney missed 1st of 2 free throws  
8:59 +1 Au'Diese Toney made 2nd of 2 free throws 16-21
8:42   Jordan Nwora missed jump shot  
8:40   Defensive rebound by Trey McGowens  
8:38   Personal foul on Akoy Agau  
8:38   Trey McGowens missed free throw  
8:38   Defensive rebound by Akoy Agau  
8:31 +3 Christen Cunningham made 3-pt. jump shot 19-21
8:15   Shooting foul on Dwayne Sutton  
8:15   Trey McGowens missed 1st of 2 free throws  
8:15 +1 Trey McGowens made 2nd of 2 free throws 19-22
8:00   Lost ball turnover on Akoy Agau  
7:37   Trey McGowens missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:35   Defensive rebound by Jordan Nwora  
7:19   Shooting foul on Kene Chukwuka  
7:19   Jordan Nwora missed 1st of 2 free throws  
7:19 +1 Jordan Nwora made 2nd of 2 free throws 20-22
7:02   Jared Wilson-Frame missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:00   Defensive rebound by Jordan Nwora  
6:50   Personal foul on Xavier Johnson  
6:50 +1 Jordan Nwora made 1st of 2 free throws 21-22
6:50 +1 Jordan Nwora made 2nd of 2 free throws 22-22
6:35   Kicked ball violation on Louisville  
6:27   Trey McGowens missed jump shot  
6:25   Offensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
6:15   Au'Diese Toney missed dunk  
6:15   Defensive rebound by Dwayne Sutton  
6:15   Steven Enoch missed dunk  
6:13   Offensive rebound by Dwayne Sutton  
6:13   Dwayne Sutton missed dunk, blocked by Terrell Brown  
6:12   Offensive rebound by Dwayne Sutton  
6:12   Shooting foul on Khameron Davis  
6:12 +1 Dwayne Sutton made 1st of 2 free throws 23-22
6:12   Dwayne Sutton missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
6:12   Offensive rebound by Jordan Nwora  
6:06   Jordan Nwora missed dunk, blocked by Terrell Brown  
6:06   Offensive rebound by Louisville  
6:06   Christen Cunningham missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:04   Defensive rebound by Trey McGowens  
5:56   Au'Diese Toney missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:54   Defensive rebound by Dwayne Sutton  
5:49   Shooting foul on Terrell Brown  
5:49   Dwayne Sutton missed 1st of 2 free throws  
5:34 +2 Au'Diese Toney made layup, assist by Jared Wilson-Frame 23-24
5:49 +1 Dwayne Sutton made 2nd of 2 free throws 24-22
5:34 +2 Au'Diese Toney made layup, assist by Jared Wilson-Frame 24-24
5:16   Christen Cunningham missed floating jump shot  
5:14   Defensive rebound by Trey McGowens  
5:13   Personal foul on Steven Enoch  
5:13   Trey McGowens missed free throw  
5:13   Defensive rebound by Jordan Nwora  
4:53   Jordan Nwora missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:51   Defensive rebound by Khameron Davis  
4:45   Shooting foul on Akoy Agau  
4:44   Trey McGowens missed 1st of 2 free throws  
4:44 +1 Trey McGowens made 2nd of 2 free throws 24-25
4:16   Offensive foul on Jordan Nwora  
4:16   Turnover on Jordan Nwora  
4:08 +3 Jared Wilson-Frame made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Trey McGowens 24-28
3:46   Jordan Nwora missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:44   Defensive rebound by Jared Wilson-Frame  
3:37 +2 Jared Wilson-Frame made driving layup 24-30
3:12   Dwayne Sutton missed layup  
3:10   Offensive rebound by Akoy Agau  
3:08   Akoy Agau missed dunk, blocked by Terrell Brown  
3:02   Defensive rebound by Terrell Brown  
3:02 +2 Trey McGowens made driving layup 24-32
3:02   Shooting foul on Jordan Nwora  
3:02 +1 Trey McGowens made free throw 24-33
2:48   Ryan McMahon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:46   Offensive rebound by V.J. King  
2:46   Personal foul on Jared Wilson-Frame  
2:46 +1 V.J. King made 1st of 2 free throws 25-33
2:46 +1 V.J. King made 2nd of 2 free throws 26-33
2:31   Traveling violation turnover on Trey McGowens  
2:09   Jordan Nwora missed jump shot  
2:07   Defensive rebound by Terrell Brown  
1:41   Trey McGowens missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:39   Defensive rebound by V.J. King  
1:30 +2 V.J. King made jump shot, assist by Christen Cunningham 28-33
58.0 +2 Trey McGowens made driving layup 28-35
37.0   Lost ball turnover on Ryan McMahon  
11.0 +3 Trey McGowens made 3-pt. jump shot 28-38
0.0   Jordan Nwora missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0.0   Offensive rebound by Louisville  
0.0   End of period  

Time Team Play Score
19:50 +2 Christen Cunningham made layup, assist by Jordan Nwora 30-38
19:30 +2 Trey McGowens made driving layup 30-40
19:06   Shooting foul on Terrell Brown  
19:06 +1 Malik Williams made 1st of 2 free throws 31-40
19:06 +1 Malik Williams made 2nd of 2 free throws 32-40
18:56 +3 Trey McGowens made 3-pt. jump shot 32-43
18:45   Bad pass turnover on Christen Cunningham, stolen by Trey McGowens  
18:37 +2 Xavier Johnson made driving layup 32-45
18:07 +2 Christen Cunningham made driving layup 34-45
18:07   Shooting foul on Jared Wilson-Frame  
18:07 +1 Christen Cunningham made free throw 35-45
17:55   Xavier Johnson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:53   Offensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
17:48   Au'Diese Toney missed dunk, blocked by Jordan Nwora  
17:46   Defensive rebound by Jordan Nwora  
17:35 +2 Jordan Nwora made driving layup 37-45
17:29   Lost ball turnover on Trey McGowens, stolen by Khwan Fore  
17:28   Personal foul on Trey McGowens  
17:11   Offensive foul on Malik Williams  
17:11   Turnover on Malik Williams  
16:52   Au'Diese Toney missed floating jump shot  
16:50   Offensive rebound by Terrell Brown  
16:42 +2 Terrell Brown made dunk 37-47
16:26   Malik Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:24   Defensive rebound by Trey McGowens  
16:14 +2 Xavier Johnson made driving layup 37-49
15:43   Bad pass turnover on Ryan McMahon, stolen by Trey McGowens  
15:16 +2 Xavier Johnson made driving layup 37-51
15:00   Dwayne Sutton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:58   Defensive rebound by Jared Wilson-Frame  
14:48   Bad pass turnover on Xavier Johnson  
14:42   Jordan Nwora missed layup  
14:40   Defensive rebound by Xavier Johnson  
14:35 +2 Trey McGowens made layup, assist by Xavier Johnson 37-53
14:35   Shooting foul on Dwayne Sutton  
14:35   Trey McGowens missed free throw  
14:35   Defensive rebound by Jordan Nwora  
14:26 +2 Steven Enoch made dunk, assist by Dwayne Sutton 39-53
14:05   Trey McGowens missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:03   Defensive rebound by Dwayne Sutton  
13:48   Personal foul on Au'Diese Toney  
13:45 +3 Darius Perry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Christen Cunningham 42-53
13:24   Xavier Johnson missed jump shot, blocked by Christen Cunningham  
13:22   Defensive rebound by Jordan Nwora  
13:15 +2 Christen Cunningham made driving layup 44-53
12:54   Xavier Johnson missed reverse layup  
12:52   Defensive rebound by Steven Enoch  
12:43   Darius Perry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:41   Offensive rebound by Steven Enoch  
12:41   Personal foul on Kene Chukwuka  
12:28   Traveling violation turnover on Christen Cunningham  
12:16 +3 Jared Wilson-Frame made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Xavier Johnson 44-56
12:04   Personal foul on Kene Chukwuka  
12:01 +2 Dwayne Sutton made jump shot, assist by Steven Enoch 46-56
11:28   Xavier Johnson missed fade-away jump shot  
11:26   Defensive rebound by Steven Enoch  
11:20 +2 Christen Cunningham made driving layup 48-56
11:03 +2 Xavier Johnson made driving layup 48-58
11:02   Shooting foul on V.J. King  
11:03 +1 Xavier Johnson made free throw 48-59
10:48 +2 Steven Enoch made hook shot, assist by Jordan Nwora 50-59
10:34   Shooting foul on Darius Perry  
10:34   Xavier Johnson missed 1st of 2 free throws  
10:34 +1 Xavier Johnson made 2nd of 2 free throws 50-60
10:15   Personal foul on Jared Wilson-Frame  
10:15 +1 Darius Perry made 1st of 2 free throws 51-60
10:15 +1 Darius Perry made 2nd of 2 free throws 52-60
10:07   Jared Wilson-Frame missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:05   Defensive rebound by Jordan Nwora  
9:51   Official timeout called  
9:51   Flagrant foul on Jordan Nwora  
9:51   Personal foul on Au'Diese Toney  
9:51   Jordan Nwora missed free throw  
9:51   Au'Diese Toney missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:51   Au'Diese Toney missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:51   Au'Diese Toney missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
9:51   Au'Diese Toney missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
9:37   Shooting foul on Steven Enoch  
9:37   Jared Wilson-Frame missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:37 +1 Jared Wilson-Frame made 2nd of 2 free throws 52-61
9:37 +1 Jared Wilson-Frame made 2nd of 2 free throws 52-61
9:22   Shooting foul on Terrell Brown  
9:22 +1 Steven Enoch made 1st of 2 free throws 53-61
9:22   Steven Enoch missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
9:22   Offensive rebound by Louisville  
9:19   Ryan McMahon missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Terrell Brown  
9:17   Defensive rebound by Xavier Johnson  
9:09 +2 Trey McGowens made dunk, assist by Xavier Johnson 53-63
8:56 +3 Jordan Nwora made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Christen Cunningham 56-63
8:40   Au'Diese Toney missed layup