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Pitt gives Georgia Tech push off bubble at ACC tournament

March 8, 2017
Pittsburgh forward Jamel Artis (1) puts up a shot against Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie (5) and center Ben Lammers (44) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the ACC tournament, Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Pittsburgh forward Jamel Artis (1) puts up a shot against Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie (5) and center Ben Lammers (44) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the ACC tournament, Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Young scored 17 points and fellow senior Jamel Artis added 11 points and nine rebounds as Pittsburgh rode its two seniors to a 61-59 victory against Georgia Tech on Tuesday night in the first round on the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.

The 14th-seeded Panthers (16-16) play sixth-seeded and No. 21 Virginia on Wednesday night at Barclays Center.

No. 11 seed Georgia Tech (17-15) closed the season losing four of five, putting its hopes of earning a bid to the NCAA Tournament in peril.

Young gave Pitt the lead with a 3 with 4:00 left in the second half. After Georgia Tech tied it at 51 moments later, Artis dropped in a 3 — his only make in eight attempts from long range — that made it 54-51 Pitt. Young leaned in for two more with a minute left to make it 56-51 and Artis made a couple of free throws with 43 seconds left to put Pitt up seven.

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