Patterson’s 30 lifts Pittsburgh past Clemson

Associated PressMarch 8, 2014 

— Lamar Patterson had a career-high 30 points, including a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left, as Pittsburgh overcome a five-point deficit in the final seconds of regulation and beat Clemson 83-78 in overtime Saturday.

Patterson’s 3-pointer cut the Tigers’ lead to 67-65. Josh Newkirk picked up a loose ball as Clemson fumbled the inbounds pass and hit a tying jumper that just beat the buzzer. Officials took several minutes reviewing Newkirk’s shot and decided there wasn’t indisputable evidence to rule it came after time ran out.

Given new life, Patterson struck for his fifth 3-pointer as the Panthers (23-8, 11-17) scored the first seven points of the extra period.

The Tigers (19-11, 10-8) could not recover. Pittsburgh finished its first ACC season in fifth place.

K.J. McDaniels had 24 points to lead the Tigers, who were seeking their first 11-win ACC season.

Clemson twice got within three points in the final minute of overtime, the last when Rod Hall stole the inbounds pass and hit a layup with 19 seconds left. But Cameron Wright followed with two clinching foul shots.

Wright had 16 points and Talib Zanna 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Patterson was 10 of 19 from the field and matched his previous best, set against Cal Poly in December.

For much of the game, it looked like the Tigers were in control.

Clemson was up 48-38 after Roper’s third 3 with 12:54 left. But Pittsburgh followed with an 18-8 run, highlighted by Patterson. He had a basket, then a three-point play to draw the Panthers within in point. He struck for a 3-pointer 3 minutes later to cut Clemson’s lead to 56-54, then tied it moments later on a fast-break layup.

This game featured a pair of teams heading in different directions. Pittsburgh was ranked much of the year as it opened 6-1 its first season in the ACC. But they’ve gone just 4-6 heading into the season finale.

Clemson, picked 14th out of 15 ACC teams when the season began, has been one of the league’s biggest surprises and has won four of its past five.

Georgia Tech 63, Virginia Tech 51: Robert Carter Jr. scored 16 points, Daniel Miller and Trae Golden added 14 points and host Georgia Tech beat Virginia Tech in the regular season finale for both teams.

The Yellow Jackets (15-16, 6-12) have won two straight after ending a four-game skid with an upset victory at No. 7 Syracuse on Tuesday.

Joey van Zegeren finished with a career-high 21 points and seven rebounds for Virginia Tech (9-12, 2-16), which has dropped six in a row and 16 of 17.

Coming off the 67-62 win over Syracuse – the most illustrious victory in coach Brian Gregory’s three-year tenure – Georgia Tech never trailed after Golden’s 3-pointer made it 19-18 with 3:40 left in the first half.

Even so, the Jackets began the day in 13th in the 15-team ACC and are likely to miss the NCAA tournament and the NIT for the fourth straight year. They have a 16-36 league record under Gregory.

Virginia Tech, under second-year coach James Johnson, finished last in the league for the second straight season.

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