Virginia vs Pittsburgh

Brogdon's last-second 3 gives Virginia win over No. 18 Pitt


PITTSBURGH -- Virginia coach Tony Bennett installed a new play late last month for end-of-game situations, but he didn't have much confidence in.

Maybe Malcolm Brogdon was saving himself for a big moment.

''We run that play a lot and we never make it in practice,'' Bennett said. ''I guess it's better to make it in a game.''

Brogdon came off screen and drained a 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds remaining to lift the visiting Cavaliers a 48-45 victory.

The play is designed for either Brogdon or Joe Harris, the team's top 3-point shooter. Harris was covered on the play. Brogdon rubbed off a double curl to hit the shot well beyond the 3-point line.

''The kid hit a tough shot,'' Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon said. ''He was going sideways and hit it from 25 feet. He made the play.''

Brogdon finished 16 points for Virginia (17-5, 8-1), which maintained sole possession of second place in the ACC. The Cavaliers have won five consecutive games since losing at Duke on Jan. 13.

Pitt (18-4, 6-3) lost consecutive games for the first time this season and fell into a third-place tie with Duke in the conference standings. The Panthers have lost three of their past five after opening with a 16 wins in their first 17 games.

Pitt freshman Jamel Artis led the Panthers with 11 points, but he missed a wide open layup with 10 seconds remaining after grabbing an offensive rebound. A bucket would have given the Panthers the lead.

''I didn't finish,'' Artis said. ''I have to finish.''

Neither team held more than a four-point lead at any time throughout the game in a matchup of two of the ACC's top defensive teams.

Cameron Wright made a 3-pointer as the shock clock expired for a 44-41 lead with 6:52 remaining. Wright fumbled a pass, picked the ball off his shoetops and released in one awkward motion to make an improbable shot.

Virginia did not let the bad luck affect their psyche. The Cavaliers tied the score again after London Perrantes made two free throws with 4:47 to go and the Cavaliers, who lead the conference in scoring defense at 55 points per game, did not allow Pitt to make a field goal in the game's last 6:52.

''We came up with big stops,'' Bennett said. ''That was a hard-fought game, not a lot of easy looks. Each team thought maybe they'd have a chance to separate but then the other team would make a play. It stayed tight. You knew it would come down to a score and a stop.''

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Malcolm Brogdon (right) celebrates with teammates after nailing a 3-pointer at the buzzer to knock off Pitt. (USATSI)
Malcolm Brogdon (right) celebrates with teammates after nailing a 3-pointer at the buzzer to knock off Pitt. (USATSI)
Virginia (17-5) «212748
Pittsburgh #18 (18-4)232245
UVA:M. Brogdon 16 Pts
UVA:A. Mitchell 12 Reb
UVA:M. Brogdon 4 Ast
PITT:J. Artis 11 Pts
PITT:J. Artis 7 Reb
PITT:L. Patterson 3 Ast

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Malcolm Brogdon
Jamel Artis
Virginia Cavaliers
M. Brogdon, G356-122-354116
L. Perrantes, G340-42-22402
A. Mitchell, F335-70-0121210
J. Harris, G264-121-433311
M. Tobey, F-C212-40-03044
A. Gill, F220-21-26041
J. Anderson, G222-40-11134
D. Atkins, F40-10-00000
E. Nolte, F30-10-00000
T. Rogers, GDid Not Play
R. Vozenilek, GDid Not Play
T. Jones, GDid Not Play
C. Kirven, FDid Not Play
M. Frazier, GDid Not Play
D. Hall, GDid Not Play
J. Jones, FDid Not Play
Totals 19-476-1232131748
Pittsburgh Panthers
J. Robinson, G360-51-22211
C. Wright, G344-90-03329
T. Zanna, F291-30-23022
L. Patterson, G-F283-142-233410
M. Young, F243-61-24018
J. Artis, F243-75-771011
J. Newkirk, G120-00-02020
C. Jones, G-F101-31-24113
D. Randall, F20-01-20001
J. Uchebo, C10-00-00000
A. Nwankwo, FDid Not Play
D. Johnson, FDid Not Play
M. Lecak, GDid Not Play
J. Ko, GDid Not Play
Totals 15-4711-1928101345
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
N. Carolina4-215-42
Georgia Tech3-210-8137
Boston College3-313-664
NC State3-313-676
Notre Dame3-313-658
Miami (Fla.)2-313-422
Va. Tech2-313-579
Florida St.2-413-545
Wake Forest1-58-10126
Other games
USF 45 Final
MICH 52 Final
IND 63