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Pittsburgh 69, BC 67

BC men’s basketball comes up short in ACC road loss at Pittsburgh

Boston College's DeMarr Langford Jr. tries to sway away Pittsburgh's Femi Odukale at the rim during the second half of the Eagles' 69-67 Atlantic Coast Conference road loss on Saturday.Keith Srakocic/Associated Press

PITTSBURGH — John Hugley scored 32 points and snared 13 rebounds and Pittsburgh got its first Atlantic Coast Conference win of the season, holding off Boston College to earn a 69-67 victory Saturday.

Boston College (6-7, 1-2) has lost its last 15 games away from home and has not won a conference road game in more than a year.

“I think the biggest thing is just in our execution,” said BC coach Earl Grant. “The possessions we had, we valued the ball and we took care of everything. We got good shots.

“In both halves there was always a patch of possessions where guys were staring down a charge and we ran the guy over or maybe a shot with 12-15 seconds left on the clock.

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“But, all in all, I thought throughout the game we did a great job playing at our pace and executing. There has been some growth but it is not enough growth to win.”

Makai Ashton-Langford hit a 3-pointer with 11:15 left in the first half to put Boston College in the lead, 15-13, and sparked a 12-0 run, adding a pair of free throws and a layup.

Ashton-Langford finished with a career-high 23 points, hitting 5 of 7 from the line.

Hugley brought the Panthers right back by scoring three straight layups and adding two free throws to cut the deficit to 24-21.

“I honestly think I’m one of the better players in ACC and I think, going against them, I feel like they can’t stop me,” said Hugley. “I’m going to just keep attacking everybody, whoever steps on the floor.”

Femi Odukale dunked with 12:39 left in the game to put Pitt in front, 46-44, and Hugley dunked to give the Panthers an 8-point lead, but BC battled back to tie the game at 56 with 5:47.

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Hugley hit two free throws and a layup to take a 4-point lead with more than four minutes left, but Ashton-Langford’s 3-pointer with 1:39 left tied the game at 64.

After two free throws from both Hugley and Jamarius Burton, the Eagles got a three-point play from T.J. Bickerstaff to get within 68-67 with 13 seconds left, but a runner by Ashton-Langford at the buzzer rolled off.

“We’re gonna be better, but at the end of the day it was a one-possession game,” said Grant. “We had a shot to win it, a shot to tie it. We were down 6, four minutes to go. We executed, took care of the ball and got good shots to put ourselves in position to have the ball with a chance to tie or win it.”

Hugley scored 19 points in the first half and converted 15 of 20 from the line for Pitt (6-9, 1-3), which collectively shot 23 of 28 from the line.

Burton finished with 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists, and Odukale added 11 points and four assists.

Jaeden Zackery added 12 points and Brevin Galloway chipped in 11 off the bench. The Eagles shot 14 of 19 from the line.