With their renewed effort, the Panthers might have pushed Georgia Tech off the NCAA bubble.
The Cavaliers (22-9, 11-7 ACC) came out strong in the first half, but they let Pittsburgh (16-17, 4-14 ACC) hang around with untimely fouls as the Panthers got hot from three-point range.
The 14th-seeded Panthers (16-16) play sixth-seeded and No. 21 Virginia on Wednesday night at Barclays Center.
"And like I said, sometimes I should use better language. We're going to have to turn the page and Cam Johnson and Ryan Luther are going to have to step up into prominent positions in the program in terms of leadership and productivity and things like that".
Artis and Young were kept out of the starting lineup and on the bench for the first 10 minutes of Pitt's season-finale loss to Virginia on Saturday for what Stallings called a violation of team rules. "Put it that way", Stallings said. When you have players that have gone through the process that we are going through, and they've been successful, come back and speak to us, it builds confidence.
The second half got off to a rocky start as Guy airballed a three as the shot clock dwindled, Michael Young hit a fadeaway, and Jerome turned it over for an easy Pitt bucket, but Guy responded with a jumper from the free throw lane. The Cavaliers lead the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 54.9 points per game.
"It was a great feeling to see the ball go in at that point in time, because I knew it was very crucial".
After the game, Young said Georgia Tech was tough to play because of the way the team never gives up and fights to stay in the game.
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Georgia Tech had a last chance to go the length of the court with 1.4 seconds left, but a long inbounds pass was deflected away by the Panthers.
"They grind the game down, " Pitt coach Kevin Stallings said. "I think (the Yellow Jackets) scrum the game up a little bit". "When you recruit them, you don't sell them a bill of goods".
Georgia Tech: While Pastner's first season at Georgia Tech has to qualify as a success - the Yellow Jackets were expected to be the worst team in the ACC - the ending will sting.
Florida State is 3-0-1 against the spread against the ACC, 1-5 against the spread in Thursday games, and 3-1-1 against the spread following a win. Losses to North Carolina State and Pitt down the stretch will likely mean seventh straight season without an NCAA bid.
"I knew we needed a bucket ..." "Literally, every ounce of energy".
After finishing the regular season with a 24-7 record, Florida State earned a first-round bye in the ACC tournament. The Cavaliers, who beat this same Pittsburgh team by 25 less than a week ago, led nearly the entire game. "We just didn't guard them as well as they guarded us, and as a result, we weren't able to win".
But Tuesday night, winning is exactly what Pitt did, beating Georgia Tech 61-59 in a game that wasn't as close as the score indicated.