NCAA Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Louisville
(Sunday, February 26th)
Final Score: (17) Louisville 57, Pittsburgh 54
Louisville, KY (Sports Network) - Russ Smith scored a game-high 18 points and No. 17 Louisville held off a resilient Pittsburgh team, 57-54, on Sunday.
Kyle Kuric added 17 points and Peyton Siva contributed 11 points, five assists and five rebounds for the Cardinals (22-7, 10-6 Big East), who bounced back from a loss at Cincinnati on Thursday.
J.J. Moore paced Pittsburgh with 16 points, and Nasir Robinson had eight points and 11 rebounds for the Panthers (15-14, 4-12), who have dropped five straight. Dante Taylor netted 11 points in defeat.
Pittsburgh was held to 12.5 percent shooting (1-of-8) from beyond the arc, including Ashton Gibbs' potential game-tying heave from half-court as time expired.
"We were playing the three-point line, we were guarding the line with our life," said Louisville head coach Rick Pitino.
Louisville tied its largest lead of the second half at eight on a free-throw by Siva with 6:24 remaining. But the Panthers came charging back, rolling off the next six points to make it 50-48.
Two Cardinal possessions later and with three seconds on the shot clock, Kuric accepted a pass from Chane Behanan a few feet beyond the three-point line and drained a long trey to give Louisville some breathing room with a five point lead.
Pittsburgh wouldn't go away, however, and a jumper by Tray Woodall and a dunk by Taylor cut the deficit to just one, 53-52, with 29.2 ticks to play.
Pitt immediately fouled Behanan, who missed the front end of a one-and-one. He redeemed himself, though, by grabbing the rebound when Woodall missed everything on Pitt's next trip down the floor.
"We ran a play and we have to get a better shot then what we got, but we didn't. We have to do a better job of that," said Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon. "We were in position, we're down one, we got the ball and hopefully we can make the play. We did a good job putting ourselves in that position, we had the ball where you want to be and we didn't get it done."
Louisville crawled out of an early 6-0 hole to lead throughout much of the first half, including its largest advantage of the game at 10 with 4:35 remaining.
The Panthers finished the frame on an 11-3 run, and the Cardinals held a 25-24 edge at halftime.
Pittsburgh committed 19 turnovers, including six by Woodall...Ashton Gibbs, the Panthers' leading scorer (15.8 ppg), finished with four points...Louisville shot 38.6 percent (17-of-44) from the floor.
02/26 18:30:54 ET