Virginia Tech put up a valiant effort at #22 Pitt, but fell 62-57 in double overtime on Saturday afternoon. Both teams combined to go 1-of-19 from the field in the overtime sessions, but ultimately the Panthers made the one field goal and finished off the Hokies from the free throw line.
Tech dropped their 10th straight game and have now lost 12 of their last 13. They sit at 8-15 overall and 1-10 in league play. The Panthers are now 20-4, with an 8-3 record in the ACC.
Tech had a chance to win this game in regulation. 33.3% free throw shooter Joey van Zegeren made two free throws late in the game to put his team up 48-44, but Jarell Eddie made a critical mistake on the other end of the court: he fouled a three-point shooter with the Hokies up by four. James Robinson converted the four-point play with 33 seconds left, and the game went to overtime.
The Hokies couldn’t make a field goal in the overtime periods, going 0-for-13. Pitt wasn’t much better at 1-for-6, but Lamar Patterson did make a shot to put his team up 54-52. That was the eventual game-winner. Patterson leads Pitt in scoring and is an ACC Player of the Year contender, but that was his only field goal of the day against the Hokies.
Jarell Eddie paced Tech with 15 points. He was 5-of-15 from the field and 5-of-12 from three-point range. Joey van Zegeren and Devin Wilson each added 10 points. Freshman forward Trevor Thompson had eight points and six rebounds. Cadarian Raines came off the bench to score eight points and grab 11 rebounds. Nine of his boards came on the offensive end.
The Hokies stayed in this game because of their prowess on the offensive glass. They outrebounded a physical Pitt team 43-28 and had a 17-6 advantage on the offensive end. However, they turned the ball over 20 times and were -9 in turnover margin, and that number doomed them to defeat.
Tech returns to action next Saturday at 6pm when they host the Miami Hurricanes. The game will be televised by RSN. Check your local listings.