VIDEO: Pitt overcomes Perrantes’ heroics, beats No. 11 Virginia
The least surprising thing in college basketball is London Perrantes hitting a clutch shot.
He did it again tonight:
But in the end, the shot didn’t matter, as the Pitt Panthers landed the biggest win of the Kevin Stallings era on Wednesday night, picking off the Cavaliers in overtime, 88-76.
Jamel Artis led the way with 24 points, eight boards and four assists while Michael Young chipped in with 19 points, six boards and five assists. Sheldon Jeter buried back-to-back threes to start the overtime period, finishing with 16 points of his own, as the Panthers shot 13-for-21 from beyond the arc in the win.
Virginia isn’t the Virginia team that we are used to seeing under Tony Bennett. They don’t have a Malcolm Brogdon or an Anthony Gill or a Joe Harris this season. As good as Perrantes is, he’s still at his best when he plays a facilitatory roll, but without Austin Nichols on the team, he’s forced into being the go-to guy.
The ‘Hoos are still a tournament team, and this is still an impressive win for Pitt, but at the end of the year it is going to look like a win over a middle-of-the-pack ACC program, not an ACC title contender.