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Pitt upsets No. 11 Virginia in overtime 88-76

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Sheldon Jeter hit consecutive 3-pointers to open the overtime period, Jamel Artis scored 24 points and Pitt dominated on the glass as the Panthers upset No. 11 Virginia, 88-76, in overtime at the Petersen Events Center Wednesday night.

This 2016 basketball season, the Pitt Panthers went 0-1 in conference games that went to overtime.

In 2017, they’re 1-0.

Four days removed from an OT loss to Notre Dame, Pitt (12-3, 1-1) made no bones about a repeat performance, beating down No. 11 Virginia (11-3, 1-2) via the three-ball enroot to an 88-76 victory in extra minutes at Petersen Events Center Wednesday night.

The win marked the Panthers first over Virginia since joining the ACC in 2014 (previously 0-4.)

Sheldon Jeter dropped 16 points, including two three-pointers in overtime that pushed the Panthers to a six-point advantage with not even a minute expired in the extra period.

“It was a play we called,” said Jeter about his open looks to start OT.  “The first time they keyed on Jamel (Artis) and left me open.  The second time we ran it they keyed on me and I found Jamel, and both worked out.

Artis connected on a three following Jeter’s makes, giving the Panthers a staggering nine-point advantage, sticking the fork in the Cavs early.

“This shows that we learned a lot from Saturday,” said Artis who finished with a game-high 24 points on 6 of 12 shooting with seven rebounds and four assists.  “We dug down defensively and we took good shot offensively.  We didn’t drop our heads when they hit that shot at the end of regulation.”

Thirteen of the Panthers 29 total made shots were from beyond-the-arc, as the squad went 29 of 54  (53.7%) from the field.

Pitt had the game all but locked up in regulation, until a speedy London Perrantes fired up an off-dribble NBA three-pointer over Artis with just 2.4 seconds left to tie the game at 70.

Perrantes shot a team-best 16 points, helping lead the Cavaliers to a 33 of 67 (49.3%) shooting night.

“Well if you like college basketball that was a great college basketball game.  We feel fortunate to have won it,” said Coach Kevin Stallings.  “I’m proud of the dagger we took on an unbelievable shot by Perrantes.  To be able to come back and have the resolve to play in the overtime the way we did, I am extremely proud of our guys.”

“This one has extra meeting because I found out last night that these seniors have never beaten Virginia in their careers, and that’s something they wanted to do,” Stallings continued about his inaugural ACC conference victory.  “This is not my win, this is their win, it’s their team.  Some nights I feel like I’m able to help them.  I feel like I was able to help them tonight.  Our preparation for this game was spot on.”

Virginia, who came in as the nation’s top ranked defensive unit, not only surrendered a season-high 53.7% shooting day to the Panthers, but also a season-worst 42-24 thumping on the boards—including a 12-6 advantage for Pitt on the offensive end—16 allowed assists and four players scoring 14 points or more in a game for the first time this season.

Cam Johnson finished with 16 points, while Michael Young put up his customary of 19 points on 8 of 18 shooting.

“When you have four’s and five’s that can stretch the defense like that, it is tough,” explained Virginia head Coach Tony Bennett.  “They were starting going like that with Coach Jamie Dixon last season, but Coach Stallings is a terrific offensive coach.  He did a terrific job and they are a challenge because of their personnel and the actions that they’re running.”

The Panthers, who held as much as a 12-point lead in the contest, yielded the lead to Virginia for only a total of 3:12.

Young contributed to Virginia’s offensive woes, corralling six rebounds, in a 41-minute campaign of total disruption on 2nd chance opportunities, a place where the Cavaliers usually thrive, yet only netted eight total points in the category, which in turn translated to better offensive possessions for the Panthers, who finished with 21 2nd chance points, despite being outscored 38-24 in the paint.

“I think when you play Virginia you have to make shots and we made shots,” said Stallings.  “They went small, and I think early on in the game they determined they had a better chance of covering us playing small.  When they did we switched what we did a little bit and tried to get Mike inside.  That was good for us because now Mike is down their grinding and getting to the foul line.”

“I thought they showed up on the backboards,” Stallings continued. “It’s nice when you got a guy like Mike Young when you need to double team or do something with him, and a lot of other guys get easy shots because of his ability.”

After the Spread
Pitt came in just a six-point underdog to No. 11 Virginia, no doubt coaxing the betting public to back the Cavaliers in the trap bet of the night.  Pitt has yet to lose a conference game after the spread (+1.5) underdogs to Notre Dame in the 78-77 loss last Saturday.

The Panthers and Cavaliers sailed over the 128.5 total that was set, finishing at a combined 164 points.  The most points Virginia has given up this year (prior to Wednesday night) was 66 in a loss to West Virginia.  

You would be hard-pressed to find the last time a Tony Bennett-coached Virginia squad gave up 88 points in a game, because it’s never happened in the coach’s eight seasons in Charlottesville.  In fact, the 88 hung by Pitt marks the first time in Bennett’s entire coaching career (11 seasons- three at Washington St.)

Up Next
The Panthers, who won four of five on their five-game home stand will now travel to Syracuse to face the Orange on Saturday, Jan. 7.  Tipoff is set for noon.

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