Virginia holds off Pitt 51-48 in ACC semifinal

AP Basketball WriterMarch 15, 2014 

— Anthony Gill hit two free throws with 8.5 seconds left to help No. 6 Virginia hold off Pittsburgh 51-48 in Saturday's semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Gill was shooting 63 percent from the line for the Cavaliers (27-6) but calmly made both free throws after James Robinson's hanging layup had brought the Panthers to within 49-48.

Pitt had a chance to tie with 4 seconds left, but Justin Anderson tipped Robinson's 3-pointer to Gill with 0.5 seconds left.

Joe Harris scored 12 points to lead the Cavaliers, who shot 47 percent against the fifth-seeded Panthers (25-9) to earn their first trip to the final since 1994.

The Cavaliers earned their first outright regular-season title since 1981 and only their second No. 1 seed. This was their first semifinal appearance since 1995, and they're now a win from their second tournament title — the other coming in 1976.

 

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