No. 16 Pitt overcame a five-point deficit in the final minute and went on to defeat Louisville, 82-77, in overtime on Saturday afternoon at Petersen Events Center.
Nasir Robinson scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Brad Wanamaker added 20 points, including five in the final 15.6 seconds of regulation to force overtime, and eight assists for Pitt (15-2, 5-0 Big East).
Samardo Samuels scored 25 points and Preston Knowles matched his career-high with 21 points, including five 3-pointers, for Louisville (12-6, 3-2).
Pitt has won eight in a row and stretched its winning streak at the Pete to 31 in a row, the second-longest in the nation. But it took one of the most improbable rallies in recent memory.
The Panthers, who trailed for most of the game, were down 68-63 with 54 seconds to play, but Wanamaker hit a 3-pointer with 15.6 seconds left and after Edgar Sosa made one of two free throws with 11.7 seconds to play, Wanamaker was fouled with 1.9 seconds left. He made both foul shots and Sosa’s half-court shot bounced off the rim.
In overtime, Pitt scored the first five points to take a 74-69 lead on Gibbs’ 3-pointer and Jermaine Dixon’s leaning jumper. The teams traded baskets before Louisville cut the Panthers lead to 78-77 on Knowles’ 3-pointer with 24.8 seconds left.
But Gibbs made two free throws with 16.4 seconds remaining for a 80-77 lead and after Louisville’s Jared Swopshire missed badly on a 3-pointer. Jermaine Dixon scored on a breakaway layup to seal the win with 2.1 seconds to play.