Live analysis and score updates for the Virginia Cavaliers men's basketball game against the Pittsburgh Panthers in the ACC opener on Friday night at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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Armaan Franklin drives to the basket and finishes off the glass with his right hand for the first basket of the game. Jamarius Burton hits a heavily contested pull-up three-pointer at the very end of the shot clock. As has been the case in most of Virginia's games this season, Kadin Shedrick picks up his first foul less than three minutes in and is immediately subbed out for Francisco Caffaro. Kihei Clark pump fakes a three and steps into a wide open mid-range jumper and splashes it. On the next possession, Clark is fouled by Onyebuchi Ezeakudo, who picks up his second foul, and Clark makes both free throws. Pittsburgh responds by finding William Jeffress open in the corner for a three-pointer. Pittsburgh averages less than four threes made per game, but the Panthers have already hit two in this game. Jayden Gardner grabs an offensive board and hits a contested mid-range jump shot.
Pittsburgh 8, Virginia 8 | 14:56 1H
Caffaro scores a layup off the dish from Jayden Gardner, but Pittsburgh's Noah Collier gets loose on the other end for a dunk. Gardner gets the pass underneath from Clark and showed some good patience to let a blocker fly by before laying in the easy bucket. UVA loses track of Nate Santos in the corner and he makes a three-pointer for Pittsburgh's third three of the game. Francisco Caffaro gets an open dunk off the pass from the Reece Beekman. Armaan Franklin with a cold start 1/5 start to the game, including 0/2 from three.
Pittsburgh 13, Virginia 14 | 11:41 1H
Taine Murray enters the game and immediately makes a difference, knifing to the basket and scoring the right-handed layup layup. Jamarius Burton loses Kihei Clark and makes an open jumper. A deflected ball finds its way to William Jeffress, who sinks the open three to give Pitt the lead. The Panthers have already surpassed their season average for threes-made in the first half tonight. Kihei Clark flares out to the corner and makes the catch-and-shoot triple. Kihei Clark puts a crafty hesitation move on the Pitt defense before passing to Jayden Gardner for an open floater.
Pittsburgh 18, Virginia 21 | 7:06 1H
Armaan Franklin sinks the catch-and-shoot jumper from the left elbow. That really is his go-to shot this season. A Pitt player hit the deck after missing a shot, so Reece Beekman pushed the tempo and found an open Francisco Caffaro under the basket for a dunk. Jayden Gardner spins under the basket before kicking out to Igor Milicic Jr., who sinks the corner three to cap off a UVA 7-0 run.
Pittsburgh 20, Virginia 28 | 5:40 1H
Kadin Shedrick checks back into the game after 12 minutes on the bench. Franklin gets free in the paint on an in-bounds play and lays it in. One minute after reentering the game, Shedrick picks up his second foul and will likely sit for the rest of the half. Virginia is still on a 9-0 run.
Pittsburgh 20, Virginia 30 | 3:59 1H
Hugley makes two free throws to end the Virginia scoring run, but Pittsburgh has still gone over seven minutes without a field goal. Dan Oladapo drives past Igor Milicic Jr. for a layup to end the field goal drought for Pitt at nearly 7 and a half minutes.
Pittsburgh 24, Virginia 30 | 1:25 1H
Oladapo gets an open dunk off the pass from Ezeakudo. Pittsburgh switches to a zone defense for the last few minutes of the first half. The result? Virginia goes the final four minutes without a point and Pittsburgh ends the half on a 6-0 scoring run.
Halftime. Pittsburgh 26, Virginia 30
Ezeakudo drives inside for a layup late in the shot clock and Pitt continues its 8-0 run from the end of the first half. Shedrick rejects Gueye at the rim but Hugley gets the offensive board and lays it in to tie the game. Franklin hits the reliable elbow jumper to stop the bleeding and put UVA back in front. Hugley responds with a three from the right wing and Pittsburgh takes a 33-32 lead. Franklin gets fouled and makes an acrobatic layup high off the glass, but after discussion, the refs waive the shot off and say the foul occurred before the shot. Franklin then scores a layup on the ensuing in bounds pass.
Pittsburgh 33, Virginia 34 | 16:00 2H
Oladapo makes a hook shot over Jayden Gardner to put Pitt back on top. Kihei Clark goes underneath a screen and Ezeakudo drains the three. Taine Murray responds with a corner three off the feed from Gardner. Jayden Gardner then muscles his way into the middle of the paint and sinks a fadeaway jumper and UVA goes back up 39-38. After Pitt's Collier misses both free throws to give the UVA students free bacon, Beekman feeds Kadin Shedrick under the basket for an open dunk. Virginia is currently on a 7-0 run. Burton scores a layup for Pitt, but Kody Stattmann then hits an open three on the right wing off a pass from Reece Beekman. Jayden Gardner intercepts a pass meant for Taine Murray but his momentum carries him out of bounds. He flings the ball back in bounds, which leads to a Pitt basket on the other end as Stattmann is called for goaltending after pinning Burton's shot against the glass.
Pittsburgh 42, Virginia 44 | 10:46 2H
Beekman pokes the ball away from Ezeakudo and takes it the other way before dropping it off to Kadin Shedrick for a dunk. UVA forces a Pitt shot-clock violation on the other end, the ninth shot-clock violation forced by the Cavaliers this season. Kody Stattmann drives the baseline and passes to Jayden Gardner for a floater.
Pittsburgh 42, Virginia 48 | 7:52 2H
Kadin Shedrick picks up his third foul with 7:47 remaining. Kihei Clark penetrates the Pittsburgh zone defense before lobbing the ball up to Kadin Shedrick for an alley-oop dunk. Shedrick picks up his fourth foul on the next possession and checks out of the game with 7:01 remaining. Mouhamadou Gueye sinks a three-pointer, the seventh of the game for the Panthers.
Pittsburgh 48, Virginia 52 | 4:45 2H
Gueye flies through the air and puts back a Hugley miss to cut it to two points. Virginia has not scored in the last 2:31.
Pittsburgh 50, Virginia 52 | 3:20 2H
Gueye gets fouled by Caffaro on a dunk attempt and makes one of two at the free throw line. Virginia's drought is now 4:20 without a point and Pittsburgh is on a 6-0 run.
Pittsburgh 51, Virginia 52 | 1:30 2H
Caffaro fouls out of the game as he hedged a ball-screen above the free-throw line. Ezeakudo makes a three from the right wing to give Pittsburgh the lead with 52 seconds remaining. Armaan Franklin's deep three misses badly and UVA is forced to foul. Burton makes both free throws to extend the Pitt lead to four.
Pittsburgh 56, Virginia 52 | 16.2 remaining
Jayden Gardner gets the in-bound pass and drives in and makes the layup with a foul to end an 11-0 Pitt scoring run. Gardner makes the free throw to cut it to one with 9.7 seconds remaining. UVA forces a five-second violation as Pitt fails to in-bound the ball and the Hoos get the ball back down one point with 9.7 seconds left.
Pittsburgh 56, Virginia 55 | 9.7 remaining
Taine Murray misses a three but Jayden Gardner collects the offensive rebound, before firing up a fadeaway jumper. The ball hits the rim three times before falling in to give UVA the lead with 0.9 remaining.
Pittsburgh 56, Virginia 57 | 0.9 remaining
Kihei Clark intercepts the Pitt in-bounds pass and UVA escapes with a 57-56 victory. Wow.
FINAL. Pittsburgh 56, Virginia 57
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