NCAAB Game Recap - Pittsburgh at Virginia Tech
Sat Feb 15, 2020 6:00 PM EST

WVU
59
Baylor
70
F
Gonz
89
Pepp
77
F
Okla
70
Kansas
87
F
Lou
62
Clem
77
F
Dayt
71
UMass
63
F
ND
60
Duke
94
F
Syr
77
FlaSt
80
F
MD
67
MSU
60
F
Seton
71
Prov
74
F
Aub
73
Mizzu
85
F
Miss
62
KY
67
F
NW
61
PSU
77
F
Colora
69
OrSt
47
F
GTown
73
Butl
66
F
Hou
72
SMU
73
F(OT)
Ill
57
Rut
72
F
DeP
64
Crei
93
F
TxTch
70
OkSt
73
F
LSU
82
Alab
88
F
Tuls
56
SoFL
48
F
StJos
55
URI
73
F
Purd
52
OhSt
68
F
Charl
51
NE
65
F
MisSt
78
Ark
77
F
ETSU
72
VMI
67
F
FaDi
72
RobM
71
F
UNH
59
UMBC
65
F
Ohio
72
Kent
87
F
Clev
67
Detr
66
F(OT)
Samf
74
Citad
62
F
BGSU
77
Ball
71
F
Leh
66
Army
79
F
FlaAM
97
DelSt
95
F(2OT)
Wake
54
Mia-FL
71
F
Tex
52
IaSt
81
F
SJSU
86
AF
95
F
Brad
69
SIU
67
F
OlDom
47
N TX
64
F
Bingha
48
Vermt
76
F
UMassL
74
Hartfo
67
F
CoCar
80
GASt
92
F
Amer
68
Buck
72
F
Lafy
72
HolyC
62
F
Wisc
81
Nebras
64
F
LaSal
69
StLou
84
F
W MI
51
E MI
69
F
ArkLR
65
TexAr
76
F
W Ky
77
TexSA
73
F(OT)
ArkSt
64
TxSt
69
F
FlInt
67
SoMis
75
F
Charl
54
Rice
70
F
UAB
79
MidTN
66
F
FlAtl
68
LaTec
81
F
HBU
69
Lamar
79
F
YSU
64
Oakl
72
F
UGA
69
TexAM
74
F
NIU
60
MiaO
65
F
Bry
70
CenCT
75
F
StFPA
70
MtStM
55
F
ColSt
77
Wyo
70
F
Marsh
71
UTEP
61
F
ULMo
49
SthAL
50
F
Merrim
59
(N/A)
68
F
Del
77
W&M
81
F
KennSt
42
Stetsn
59
F
VACom
59
Rich
77
F
Boston
77
Navy
54
F
UNCW
64
Hof
78
F
App
62
GaSo
57
F
Chat
53
Furm
58
F
Drex
70
Elon
75
F
BethC
58
MD-ES
66
F
Winth
89
Presb
88
F
McNee
79
NWSt
84
F
SeLA
71
Nich
81
F
GrgWas
73
GMas
67
F
AbCh
78
TXAMC
64
F
CenAR
67
SamH
82
F
ChaSo
75
UNCA
79
F
UNCG
67
Mercer
55
F
SacHr
80
LongI
72
F
Radf
73
Campbl
60
F
E KY
85
APSU
93
F
FlGlf
54
Lipsco
64
F
KansSt
57
TCU
68
F
N AL
67
NFla
80
F
LoyMa
65
SCla
59
F
E IL
79
TN-M
80
F(OT)
SIU-E
71
SEMO
75
F
MorSt
57
Murr
85
F
Copp
66
SCSt
70
F
S UT
69
NoAZ
82
F
UtVal
82
NMSt
84
F
UNLV
78
NM
73
F
Hamp
68
Longw
76
F
Pitt
57
VaTec
67
F
Tenn
61
SCar
63
F
Brown
54
Princ
73
F
Yale
61
Penn
69
F
JacSt
84
Belm
101
F
MsVl
88
Alc
92
F(OT)
Gram
69
PVAM
75
F
Morg
57
Norf
62
F
AlaAM
58
AlSt
61
F
ArkPB
49
South
73
F
WCU
80
Woff
74
F
UCRiv
63
LongB
65
F(OT)
WIGB
94
WIMil
90
F
ULLa
81
Troy
77
F
Valpa
65
IlSt
62
F
USC-Up
54
HiPt
62
F
NJIT
49
Lib
62
F
Colum
73
Harv
77
F(2OT)
Corn
53
Dart
75
F
InWor
67
NOrl
66
F
CSNor
98
UCDav
110
F
WaSt
51
USC
70
F
Pacif
63
StMar
71
F
Web
63
MTSt
77
F
ChiSt
47
GrCan
71
F
N DA
86
W IL
83
F(OT)
Seatt
72
TexPA
79
F
SDak
80
Oral
94
F
NrthIA
73
LoyIL
82
F(OT)
UVA
64
UNC
62
F
Tows
63
JMU
48
F
Vand
66
Fla
84
F
CAPoly
101
CS-Ful
105
F(4OT)
IdaSt
63
Mont
78
F
TNTec
55
TNSt
70
F
JackSt
74
TXSo
77
F
UMKC
59
CSBak
53
F
Wash
57
UCLA
67
F
BYU
72
USD
71
F
UtSt
71
Fres
59
F
E WA
89
PorSt
81
F
N CO
68
Sac
65
F
Ariz
69
Stan
60
F
UCIrv
70
HI
63
F

Feb 15, 2020, 6:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Pittsburgh (15-11)

23

34

57

Virginia Tech (15-10)

32

35

67

Horne's career night carries Virginia Tech past Pittsburgh
Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:48 PM

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) During Virginia Tech’s recent skid, its fans and players had been searching for answers to help the Hokies solve some of their recent end-of-game issues, particularly after two close losses to Boston College and one to Florida State.

Coach Mike Young already knew the answer.

“There’s no pixie dust. There’s no magic formula to finishing,” he said following the Hokies’ win over Pittsburgh on Saturday. “Do the things you’ve done from the start - defend, rebound, get a quality shot each time down, and that’ll get you out of a lot of situations. I thought they did that.”

His team defended, held its own on the boards, and got a great evening from forward P.J. Horne, who scored a career-high 18 points to lift Virginia Tech to a 67-57 victory over the Panthers.

Horne hit 6 of 9 from the floor, including a career-high four 3-pointers for the Hokies (15-10, 6-8 Atlantic Coast Conference), who snapped a five-game losing streak. Jalen Cone added 12 points and four 3-pointers for Virginia Tech, which hit 12 3-pointers - its most since hitting 14 in a 79-77 double-overtime victory over North Carolina, which happened to be its last win before Saturday.

Au’Diese Toney and Justin Champignie scored 12 points each to lead the Panthers (15-11, 6-9), who lost for the fifth time in their past seven games.

Horne, who came into the game averaging 7.1 points per game, made two 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions in the final 3:30 to help the Hokies hold off the Panthers. Virginia Tech led by as many as 19 in the second half before Pittsburgh cut the lead to 59-53 on a layup by Abdoul Karim Coulibaly with 3:21 remaining.

Horne, though, hit a 3-pointer from the corner with 3:06 to go to push the Tech lead to 62-53, and after another Coulibaly layup with 2:51 remaining, Horne connected again, hitting another 3-pointer from the exact same spot to give the Hokies a 65-55 lead. Pittsburgh got no closer.

“It’s just the flow of the game,” Horne said of his 3-pointers. “I was open. Coach tells me never to turn down a good shot, so I just took the shots.

“I didn’t come in thinking I would have this type of night. I was just thinking we needed to win. We needed to find a way to win.”

Xavier Johnson finished with 11 points for Pittsburgh, which shot just 35% (21 of 60) in losing its fifth straight road game.

“I thought we did some good things, but we have to be able to finish,” Pittsburgh coach Jeff Capel said. “I would imagine we probably missed seven to eight layups, so we have to be able to finish those plays, and we have to be able to make free throws (10 of 18). If we can do that, then maybe the outcome would have been a little bit different or a little bit closer.

“We cannot dig ourselves a hole like we did again. We showed we can get up off the mat and fight back, but we have to figure out a way where we don’t have a hole that big.”

BIG PICTURE

Pittsburgh: Securing an NCAA Tournament berth is probably a bit much to ask of this young squad, but an NIT bid is certainly an attainable goal. However, the Panthers need to find a cure for their first-half woes, particularly on the road. Pittsburgh entered the game shooting just 32.4% in the first half of its previous five road games (four losses) and continued the trend Saturday, shooting just 26.9% in the first half.

Virginia Tech: A week off certainly did wonders for the Hokies, who desperately needed a win after dropping five straight games. Like the Panthers, the Hokies probably aren’t going to make the NCAA field unless they came make some noise against a brutal upcoming schedule. Tech plays Miami on Wednesday, then takes on Duke (road), Virginia (home) and Louisville (road).

HORNE OF PLENTY

How rare was Horne’s performance for Virginia Tech? He hadn’t scored in double figures in the previous nine games and in just two ACC games this season. His four 3-pointers were a career high.

“I just thought he was really searching (for his shot) - more so tonight, I thought,” Young said. “We had some matchups in the previous game against Boston College, (but) he wasn’t moving as well. His shot preparation wasn’t what it had been. Had a great look (tonight).”

JOHNSON SITS TO START SECOND HALF

Capel did not start guard Xavier Johnson at the beginning of the second half after Johnson played poorly in the first half. He did not score, missing his lone shot attempt and both of his free-throw attempts in the first 20 minutes.

“He didn’t deserve to start the second half,” Capel said. “That’s not pushing a button. You deserve what you get when you play for me. It’s not a birthright that you’re going to start. It’s no big story. He just didn’t deserve to start … He played better in the second half, but we need everybody on this team to play how they’re capable all the time in order for us to have a chance to win.”

UP NEXT

Pittsburgh: The Panthers play at Florida State on Tuesday.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies host Miami on Wednesday.

Leaders

Pittsburgh PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
R. Murphy 0 0 1 0 1 1
G. Drumgoole Jr. 0 0 0 0 0 0
Virginia Tech PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
P. Horne 18 0 1 1 0 1
J. Cone 12 0 1 1 1 0

Team Comparison

Pitt VaTec
Points For 57 67
Field Goals 21/60-35% 25/57-44%
Three Pointers 5/21-24% 12/32-38%
Free Throws 10/18-56% 5/6-83%
Offensive Rebounds 12 6
Defensive Rebounds 25 29
Rebounds 42 37
Blocks 4 4
Steals 5 6
Turnovers 9 10
Personal Fouls 12 13
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - VaTec Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Feb 15 Pitt 57 @ VaTec 67 T. Brown 4 W. Bede 2

Game Information

Stadium: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Virginia
Attendance: 9,275
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