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Pitt rallies past Louisville in OT

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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.

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  1. John M. Staton says:

    Hail to Pitt! I can’t remember a more enjoyable season of Pitt basketball. Not only does this year’s team have heart, tenacity and cohesion, it has four or five players who can be the star on any given night.

    Who knew Nasir Robinson would hit 11 of 14 shots from the field and score 25 points? In years past, Pitt only had one or two scorers on the team. Last year if Sam Young or DeJuan Blair had a bad game, Pitt was in deep trouble. This year the only starter who has failed to score over 20 points in a game is Gary McGhee.

    All Jamie Dixon’s teams have heart, work hard and play strong defense. This team adds one element that Jamie Dixon teams have never had. The ability to knock down foul shots. Dixon’s teams usually lose 5 to 10 points per game due to poor foul shooting. Ultimately, they lose one or two games for this reason. Last night Pitt won because they made their foul shots and Louisville didn’t. Teams can’t foul Gibbs or Wannamaker because they are going to hit 9 of 10 foul shots. All the other starters, except McGhee, also are good foul shooters.

    Last year, if Pitt hits its foul shots, Scotty Reynolds final shot doesn’t even make a difference and I believe Pitt would have won the national championship.

    Other than making the NCAA tournament, which was in doubt at the beginning of the year, I don’t know how far this team can go. I do know this year is going to be fun, let’s enjoy the ride.

  2. Gabriel says:

    Go PITT Go!!! No one would have thought that this Pitt team would start off this hot!(Hopefully it lasts)…This goes to show you how good of a coach Jamie Dixon is…I love all Pittsburgh teams, but PITT BB is by far my favorite team to watch. After losing Blair(should be Rookie of the Year in the NBA), Young, Fields, and Biggs and Dixon and Brown out early on in the year, I did not expect this team to be this good. I thought we would be average, but I was wrong. I hope the best for this team and can not wait to avenge that loss vs ‘Nova. 9th in the Big East…Please!! Nasir Robinson is the truth…and give Donte Taylor some time…Keep shooting Gibbs and the Defense as a whole is the best in the Big East…Who knows, maybe if we had Dixon and Brown early on in the season, we would of beat Texas….GO PITT…Great way to forget about this past STEELERS Season…Pens straighten up…and LETS GO BUCOS!!!!

 
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