PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Down five points with just under three minutes remaining at Louisville, Pitt had a chance to tie the game on one possession.
Cardinals center Gorgui Dieng was called for a flagrant foul on Pitt forward Nasir Robinson, who went to the line with two shots and possession of the ball trailing 53-48. Robinson missed both free throws and then guard Cameron Wright turned the ball over, leaving the Panthers with nothing to show on the scoreboard.
It epitomized Pitt’s performance in a 57-54 loss to Louisville, as the Panthers (15-14, 4-12 Big East) could never take control of the game and build a lead.
After guard Tray Woodall and forward Dante Taylor scored on following possessions Pitt trailed by just one, 53-52. However, it couldn’t capitalize and take the lead after Louisville’s Chase Behanan missed a free throw and to give Pitt possession with 24 seconds left.
Instead, Woodall rushed the Panthers’ possession and fired up a wild shot that missed the entire basket.
Pitt started the game on an 8-3 run but Louisville fired back with an 18-3 run of its own to take a 21-11 lead with under five minutes left in the first half. The Cardinals held a 25-24 lead at halftime only to fall behind again to start the second half.
However, the Cardinals eventually inched their way to an eight-point lead with under eight minutes to play on a layup by Behanan. Pitt couldn’t fully regroup from that deficit and fell to its fifth straight loss.
Sophomore guard J.J. Moore led Pitt with 16 points and Taylor added 11 as the only Panthers in double-figures.
Pitt returns to action at 7 p.m. Wednesday for its final regular season home game of the year against St. John’s.