GREENSBORO, NC (WAVY) – The University of Virginia made a lot of Cavaliers faithful sweat, but after a 51-48 win over the University of Pittsburgh, the Cavaliers are headed to the ACC tournament championship game for just the second time in school history.
They’ll meet Duke at 1:00 pm for the conference tournament title.
Leading Pittsburgh by 3 with :04 seconds left in the game, Virginia’s Justin Anderson blocked a three point try from the corner by Pittsburgh’s James Robinson to seal the win. UVA senior guard Joe Harris lead his team in scoring with 12 points.
The Cavaliers and Panthers switched leads 10 times in the first half, but UVA took a 26-24 lead into halftime. They did not give it up in the second half.
Anthony Gill’s fade-away jumper put Virginia up by 8 with 9:33 left in the game, but the Cavaliers followed that with a major scoring drought, and did not score again until the 3:33 mark. By then, their lead was just 47-42.
With just :12 seconds left, and his team down by 3, Robinson stole the ball from Virginia guard Malcolm Brogden, drove the length of the floor and put a contested layup off the backboard and in to make it just a 49-48 Virginia lead with :10 seconds left.
The Panthers chose to foul Gill, who’s only a sophomore for the Hoos. Gill showed the poise of a senior, hitting two critical free throws, which meant the Panthers needed a three to tie the game in the final seconds. They never got a shot off, thanks to Anderson.
If UVA can beat Duke for the conference crown on Sunday, they’ll be the first team in school history to win the ACC regular season championship outright and the conference tournament championship in the same season.