PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ahmed Hill scored 17 points and Virginia Tech shot 50 percent from the floor in the second half to spark a come-from-behind 66-63 win over Pitt on Tuesday night.
Seth Allen made a 3-pointer with 1:08 remaining for the Hokies and Pitt missed three 3-point attempts on the final possession.
Virginia Tech (18-7, 7-6 ACC) trailed the entire first half, but caught up with a seven-point possession in the second. Michael Young was given an intentional foul and Hill made both free throws. Justin Bibbs then hit a 3-pointer to give the Hokies their first lead.
Pitt (14-12, 3-10) got out to a big lead early thanks to shooting 69.2 percent from 3-point range in the first half. Cameron Johnson was 4 of 5 from beyond the arc before the break as the Panthers built an 11-point lead.
Johnson finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds for his first career double-double. Virginia Tech played its first game without top rebounder Chris Clarke, who will miss the rest of the season with an ACL injury.
Virginia Tech had a quick turnaround from its double-overtime win against rival Virginia on Sunday and the Hokies didn’t get off to a good start, making 1 of 6 while Pitt started the game on a 12-3 run.
After losing eight straight games, the Panthers had won two in a row to keep their small postseason hopes alive, but they failed to break out of a pack of three teams with three ACC wins.
Virginia Tech will travel to No. 8 Louisville on Saturday. The Hokies are 0-2 against the Cardinals since they joined the ACC in 2014.
Pitt will stay at home for a visit from No. 17 Florida State on Saturday. The Panthers are 11-3 all-time against the Seminoles.
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