Gardner’s last-second shot falls, Virginia wins ACC opener

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Virginia forward Jayden Gardner (1) moves around Pittsburgh forward Mouhamadou Gueye (15) during an NCAA college basketball game in Charlottesville, Va., Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Shurtleff)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Jayden Gardner scored 15 points, including a last-second putback of a missed 3-pointer that bounced home, lifting Virginia to a 57-56 win over Pitt in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.

In a game that saw four ties and 14 lead changes, Gardner scored the last five of the game as Virginia’s streak of winning ACC openers stretched to 14 — 13 in a row for coach Tony Bennett.

Armaan Franklin added 10 points for Virginia but was 0 for 6 from distance.

John Hugley led the Panthers with 12 points on 2-for-11 shooting and Jamarius Burton added 11 with four assists.

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