Sam Hauser hit a season high of 23 points and Virginia # 14 defeated Pittsburgh for the sixth consecutive year with a 73-66 win on Saturday in the Atlantic Coast Conference action in Charlottesville, Va.
The Cavaliers (13-3, 9-1 ACC) improved to 8-0 at home this season. They shot 53.2 percent from the field, 65 percent of which (13 of 20) in the second half. Virginia shot 50 percent (12 out of 24) from 3-point range.
Tomas Woldetensae scored 14 points from the Virginia bench. Jay Huff added 13 points and eight rebounds and Kihei Clark had 11 points and eight assists.
Justin Champagnie scored his ninth double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Panthers (9-6, 5-5), who have lost four of their last five games. Ithiel Horton added 15 points and Xavier Johnson had 10.
The Cavaliers opened a tight competition with a 16-0 lead to achieve a 52-36 lead. Hauser and the 7-foot-1-Huff each knocked down a pair of 3-pointers during the run.
The Panthers cut the deficit on Champagnie’s layup at 10:41 to single digits at 52:43, but Woldetensae responded with five straight points for Virginia.
The Cavaliers took the lead with 62:45 in a layup by Trey Murphy III with 7:22.
Pitt then took advantage of an unusually sloppy game from UVA. The Panthers moved to Au’diese Toneys theft and layup at 2:43 within 64-57, but the Cavaliers kept them at a distance the rest of the way.
Pitt finished the race 42-19 points ahead in the color, scooping 17 points on 12 sales from Virginia, which topped the nation with just 8.8 sales per game.
Virginia led 30-27 after a first half with a draw and five leadership changes. Hauser went up and down with nine points in the half.
Pitt got up 26-22 before the Cavs took the lead with an 8-0 run, scoring 3-point in a row from Woldetensae and Murphy dunking.