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Virginia 48, Pittsburgh 45

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PITTSBURGH — Guard Malcolm Brogdon’s 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds left lifted Virginia over No. 18 Pittsburgh 48-45 Sunday afternoon at Petersen Events Center.

The loss was Pittsburgh’s second straight defeat at home after a loss to Duke last Monday night.

Brogdon scored a game-high 16 points and finished his performance off with the biggest shot of his young career.

Guard Joe Harris added 11 points for Virginia while forward Akil Mitchell recorded a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Pittsburgh (18-4, 6-3 ACC) took a 25-21 lead with 18:57 left in the second half, which was the largest lead of the game for either team. There were 17 ties and seven lead changes in the game.

Forward Jamel Artis led Pittsburgh with 11 points off the bench while guard Lamar Patterson scored 10 points but was hampered by foul trouble the whole game.

Virginia (17-5, 8-1) shot 39.1 percent from the field for the game while Pittsburgh shot 31.9 percent. The Cavaliers outrebounded the Panthers 33-32 and committed nine turnovers while the Panthers coughed up the ball seven times.

Both offenses struggled in the first half as Pitt used a layup by guard Cameron Wright at the buzzer to take a 23-21 lead into the halftime break.

Neither team led by more than three points as there were eight ties and four lead changes.

Virginia’s first-half turnovers led to nine Panthers’ points, and shot just 37.5 percent from the field — led by Brogdon’s seven points. Mitchell added six points and six rebounds.

The Panthers also shot 37.5 percent in the first half. Wright scored six points in the first 20 minutes while Patterson added five.

Notes: This was the 11th all-time meeting between Virginia and Pittsburgh with the Cavaliers leading the series 8-3. … Virginia is 1-3 against ranked opponents this season, losing to VCU, Wisconsin and Duke. … Pittsburgh has a 12-2 record at Petersen Events Center this season. … Virginia ranked first in the country in scoring defense entering Sunday, allowing 56.0 points per game.

Alan is an expert gambling writer who works as one of the chief editors for Basketball Insiders. He has been covering online gambling and sports betting for over 8 years, having written for the likes of Sportlens,, The Sports Daily, 90min, and His particular specialisms include US online casinos and gambling regulations, and soccer and basketball betting. Based in London, Alan holds an MA in English Literature and is a passionate supporter of Chelsea FC.

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