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Brown's 3-pointer helps Pitt beat Wake forest 78-76 in OT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) After getting bailed out on his first shot with the game on the line Tuesday night, Chaundee Brown came through on his second chance to give Wake Forest a 78-76 overtime victory over Pitt in a battle of teams desperate for an Atlantic Coast Conference victory.

Brown's 3-pointer from the wing with 35.1 seconds left in overtime put the Demon Deacons (9-13, 2-8 ) ahead to stay at 77-74, and they held on to snap a five-game losing streak.

Pitt's Xavier Johnson hit the first of two free-throw attempts with 6.8 seconds left to cut the lead to two, but the Panthers (12-11, 2-8) failed to grab the rebound off the second shot and time ran out for their sixth straight loss.

Jaylen Hoard had bailed out Brown at the end of regulation, plucking Brown's desperation shot from above the top of the key out of the air and dropping it in the basket with one second left to force overtime.

Brown scored eight of his 18 points in overtime, making a pair of 3-pointers after going just 1 for 6 from behind the arc in regulation.

''I knew I was taking good shots,'' Brown said. ''Our coaches believed in me. They kept telling me, `Keep shooting. Keep shooting.'''

Hoard scored 19 points and Brandon Childress and Brown added 18 apiece for the Deacons, who have heard speculation about the future of fourth-year coach Danny Manning after a series of poor performances.

Sharone Wright Jr. scored 11 points for the Deacons during a four-minute stretch as they grabbed a 61-53 lead with 5:14 left. Wright's final three points came when his driving shot climbed near the top of the backboard and dropped in after he was fouled, and he converted the free throw.

''Whether we missed a shot or made a turnover, our kids continued to battle,'' Manning said.

Johnson scored a game-high 23 points for the Panthers, including a pair of driving baskets in overtime. Jared Wilson-Frame added 17 points, including five 3-pointers, and Sidy N'Dir had 15.

The largest lead of the game was eight points by each team.

With his team leading by three after Brown's decisive 3-pointer, Childress fouled Johnson with 6.8 seconds to play, eliminating a chance for a potential tying 3-point shot.

Johnson made the first shot. The rebound of the second, which Pitt coach Jeff Capel said was not missed intentionally, was knocked out into the backcourt, where Childress tracked it down and dribbled out the clock.

''We weren't ready to go after it,'' Capel said. ''I think if we really go hard and chase the ball, we get it, or maybe we get a foul.''

The Panthers scored the game's first eight points. Johnson scored the first five on drives to the basket - the second was a 3-point play - in a cold-shooting first half for both teams. The Deacons battled back to tie in the final minute of the opening half, but Johnson drove the length of the court in the final 4.6 seconds to break the tie with a floater that was in the air as the horn sounded.

After a sluggish shooting first half, both teams shot above 50 percent in the final 25 minutes.

BIG PICTURE

Pitt: The loss leaves the Panthers only one-half game ahead of Miami, which could pull into a tie Wednesday by beating Notre Dame, in a battle to stay out of the conference cellar. The Panthers have lost their last 20 road games. Capel said he still believes his team has enough talent to be competitive with any team in the ACC.

Wake Forest: The Deacons, who averaged fewer than 50 points in their past four games, showed some offensive spark in the final 25 minutes. The road ahead is rough with Florida State, North Carolina, Notre Dame and N.C. State next on the schedule, but they get eight days to rest up. Childress regained his 3-point shooting touch, going 4 for 7 after making just 1 of 20 in his previous three games.

STAT PACK

Pitt: The Panthers committed only nine turnovers and shot well in the final 25 minutes. Their biggest problem was on the boards, where the Deacons held a 48-35 rebound advantage. They also made only 10 of 18 from the foul line.

Wake Forest: Jaylen Hoard had 17 rebounds for the Deacons, including the game-saving grab and basket to send the game into overtime. Childress regained his overall form, hitting 5 of 12 from the field, 4 of 7 from 3-point range and 4 of 5 from the line. He also had six assists and only three turnovers.

HE SAID IT

''My confidence was good once I saw one go through the net,'' said Childress, who had made only 7 of 36 shots in his previous three games and missed his first two shots Tuesday before finishing strong.

UP NEXT

Pitt: at N.C. State on Saturday.

Wake Forest: at Florida State on Feb. 13.

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Key Players
X. Johnson
B. Childress
36.4 Min. Per Game 36.4
15.2 Pts. Per Game 15.2
4.0 Ast. Per Game 4.0
3.5 Reb. Per Game 3.5
46.3 Field Goal % 39.9
40.3 Three Point % 38.2
80.2 Free Throw % 79.8
  Defensive rebound by Brandon Childress 7.0
  Xavier Johnson missed 2nd of 2 free throws 7.0
+ 1 Xavier Johnson made free throw 7.0
  Personal foul on Brandon Childress 7.0
  Defensive rebound by Malik Ellison 12.0
  Isaiah Mucius missed 2nd of 2 free throws 12.0
+ 1 Isaiah Mucius made 1st of 2 free throws 12.0
  Personal foul on Jared Wilson-Frame 12.0
  Defensive rebound by Chaundee Brown 18.0
  Sidy N'Dir missed 2nd of 2 free throws 18.0
+ 1 Sidy N'Dir made 1st of 2 free throws 18.0
Team Stats
Points 76 78
Field Goals 29-69 (42.0%) 27-64 (42.2%)
3-Pointers 8-21 (38.1%) 9-24 (37.5%)
Free Throws 10-18 (55.6%) 15-20 (75.0%)
Total Rebounds 35 48
Offensive 14 14
Defensive 18 27
Team 3 7
Assists 15 16
Steals 9 4
Blocks 4 6
Turnovers 9 18
Fouls 15 17
Technicals 0 0
23 PTS, 6 REB, 9 AST
19 PTS, 17 REB, 4 AST
12OTT
away team logo Pittsburgh 12-11 2839976
home team logo Wake Forest 9-13 26411178
Team Stats
away team logo Pittsburgh 12-11 69.9 PPG 40.2 RPG 11.7 APG
home team logo Wake Forest 9-13 68.4 PPG 41.7 RPG 10.6 APG
Key Players
1
X. Johnson G 15.5 PPG 3.9 RPG 4.5 APG 41.5 FG%
10
J. Hoard F 13.1 PPG 7.6 RPG 1.5 APG 45.8 FG%
Top Scorers
X. Johnson G 23 PTS 6 REB 9 AST
J. Hoard F 19 PTS 17 REB 4 AST
42.0 FG% 42.2
38.1 3PT FG% 37.5
55.6 FT% 75.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
X. Johnson 23 6 9 8/19 1/4 6/10 0 45 2 0 2 2 4
J. Wilson-Frame 17 3 3 6/10 5/8 0/0 5 37 3 2 2 1 2
M. Ellison 8 8 0 4/6 0/1 0/0 3 31 1 1 1 1 7
T. McGowens 5 1 0 1/3 0/1 3/6 2 14 1 0 2 1 0
T. Brown 0 2 1 0/5 0/0 0/0 3 17 1 0 2 2 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
X. Johnson 23 6 9 8/19 1/4 6/10 0 45 2 0 2 2 4
J. Wilson-Frame 17 3 3 6/10 5/8 0/0 5 37 3 2 2 1 2
M. Ellison 8 8 0 4/6 0/1 0/0 3 31 1 1 1 1 7
T. McGowens 5 1 0 1/3 0/1 3/6 2 14 1 0 2 1 0
T. Brown 0 2 1 0/5 0/0 0/0 3 17 1 0 2 2 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. N'Dir 15 2 1 6/8 2/3 1/2 0 31 0 0 0 1 1
K. Chukwuka 6 4 1 3/9 0/1 0/0 1 28 0 1 0 3 1
A. Toney 2 5 0 1/7 0/1 0/0 0 14 0 0 0 3 2
K. Davis 0 1 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 1 8 1 0 0 0 1
S. George - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Mascaro - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Starzynski - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Aiken Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. Ezeakudo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 76 32 15 29/69 8/21 10/18 15 225 9 4 9 14 18
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Hoard 19 17 4 7/12 0/1 5/6 5 40 1 3 4 6 11
B. Childress 18 4 6 5/12 4/7 4/5 3 42 2 0 3 0 4
C. Brown 18 4 4 7/15 3/8 1/2 1 39 1 0 2 1 3
S. Wright Jr. 11 0 1 4/6 2/3 1/1 3 25 0 0 4 0 0
O. Sarr 9 7 0 3/6 0/0 3/4 4 32 0 1 2 3 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Hoard 19 17 4 7/12 0/1 5/6 5 40 1 3 4 6 11
B. Childress 18 4 6 5/12 4/7 4/5 3 42 2 0 3 0 4
C. Brown 18 4 4 7/15 3/8 1/2 1 39 1 0 2 1 3
S. Wright Jr. 11 0 1 4/6 2/3 1/1 3 25 0 0 4 0 0
O. Sarr 9 7 0 3/6 0/0 3/4 4 32 0 1 2 3 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Wynn 2 1 1 1/4 0/2 0/0 0 10 0 0 0 1 0
I. Mucius 1 2 0 0/7 0/3 1/2 1 25 0 1 1 0 2
I. Smart 0 6 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 12 0 1 2 3 3
T. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. White - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Bilas - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Spivey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Lester - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Okeke - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Buchanan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 78 41 16 27/64 9/24 15/20 17 225 4 6 18 14 27