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Pittsburgh 76, North Carolina 74

By JOHN PERROTTO
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH - Jamarius Burton scored a career-high 31 points, Blake Hinson had seven points in the final minute and a half and Pittsburgh knocked off No. 25 North Carolina 76-74.

Burton, a graduate student, was 14 of 17 from the field and had six rebounds. He helped Pitt (10-4, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) win its fourth straight game and remain unbeaten in conference play.

Hinson's 3-pointer from the right wing put Pitt ahead for good 70-67 with 1:28 remaining and he extended the Panthers' lead by making two free throws with 36 seconds left and two more with 28 seconds to go to make it 74-69.

North Carolina (9-5, 1-2 ACC) closed the gap to two points, 74-72, on Tyler Nickel's layup with two seconds left but Pitt ran out the clock to end the Tar Heels' four-game winning streak.

Hinson finished with 16 points and six rebounds.

Armando Bacot led North Carolina with 22 points, 13 rebounds and three assists. It was his eighth double-double of the season. RJ Davis added 13 points and Pete Nance chipped in with 10 points.

North Carolina took a nine-point lead, 55-46 with 11:55 to go on a dunk by Bacot. Pitt responded by outscoring the Tar Heels 19-7 over nearly an eight-minute span and moved in front with 65-62 with 3:59 left on a three-point play and layup by Burton.

Two free throws by North Carolina's Leaky Black tied it at 67-67.

North Carolina built a 26-17 advantage with 9:15 left in the first half on a pullup jumper by Caleb Love. However, Pitt went on a 13-4 run to tie the score at 30-all on a pair of free throws by Greg Elliott with 3:37 remaining.

The Tar Heels then scored 10 of the last 14 points in the half to pull back ahead 40-34.

Bacot nearly had a double-double by the break - 10 points and nine rebounds.

BIG PICTURE

North Carolina: The Tar Heels seemed to be back on track by winning four games in a row following a four-game losing streak that dropped them from No. 1 to out of the Top 25. Friday's game was a step backward.

Pittsburgh: The Panthers have won nine of 10 games since opening the season 1-3, seemingly taking coach Jeff Capel off the hot seat.

December 30, 2022


North Carolina
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
A. Bacot F 37 8-14 6-7 0-1 5-13 3 2 0 4 1 22
P. Nance F 29 4-8 0-2 2-5 0-5 2 2 0 2 2 10
R. Davis G 35 4-11 7-8 1-5 0-5 3 0 0 2 4 16
C. Love G 35 3-9 0-0 1-3 0-2 1 0 1 1 2 7
L. Black G 30 2-9 4-4 1-4 2-9 3 0 3 1 2 9
D. Dunn   20 2-4 0-0 1-3 0-1 1 1 1 0 2 5
T. Nickel   7 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 1 0 2
S. Trimble   5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0 0 0
P. Johnson   2 1-2 0-0 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 3
Totals   200 25-58
(.431)
17-21
(.810)
7-22
(.318)
8-38 14 5 5 11 16 74


Pittsburgh
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
B. Hinson F 37 4-14 5-7 3-10 2-6 1 0 0 1 4 16
F. Federiko C 34 2-7 0-0 0-0 1-7 2 4 1 1 3 4
N. Cummings G 35 4-9 0-0 1-5 1-3 7 0 2 1 3 9
J. Burton G 34 14-17 3-5 0-1 0-6 1 0 0 5 2 31
G. Elliott G 27 2-8 2-2 1-5 0-1 0 0 1 0 0 7
N. Sibande   24 2-6 3-3 0-3 0-3 3 0 1 0 1 7
J. Diaz Graham   5 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-2 0 0 0 0 0 0
G. Diaz Graham   4 1-1 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 2
Totals   200 29-63
(.460)
13-17
(.765)
5-25
(.200)
7-33 14 4 5 8 14 76
Officials: Bert Smith, A.J. Desai, Tommy Morrissey




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