N.C. State slips by Pitt at foul line, 78-77

December 03, 1991

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Tom Gugliotta scored 25 points, including the deciding free throw with 6.9 seconds to play last night, and North Carolina State beat Pittsburgh, 78-77, to even the ACC-Big East Challenge after two games.

The eight-game series between two of the nation's top $l conferences ends after this year's edition, the third.

Gugliotta missed the second of two free throws and Pitt called a timeout with 5.1 seconds left. Chris McNeal's 3-pointer from the corner at the buzzer bounced off the rim and the Wolfpack won the matchup of the conference's eighth-seeded teams.

North Carolina State (3-0), which did not make a field goal over the game's final 7 minutes, 50 seconds, led 74-66 with 6:49 left. Pitt (3-2) took advantage of the scoring drought to even the game at 77 with 1:24 left on a free throw by freshman Jerry McCullough.

Mark Davis missed a three-pointer for the Wolfpack 12 seconds later and Pitt, which had been ranked until falling out of this week's poll, ran the 45-second shot clock down to one second as Orlando Antigua missed a hurried three-pointer. McNeal then missed three rebound shots before Gugliotta grabbed the ball, drove and was fouled at the foul line as he took a jumper.

PITTSBURGH (77) -- Jordan 1-4 0-0 3, McNeal 5-13 0-0 11, Morningstar 5-8 0-0 10, Miller 6-10 1-2 17, Shareef 3-8 0-0 6, Antigua 4-10 0-0 8, Mobley 2-2 0-0 4, McCullough 3-6 1-2 10, Gant 3-8 0-0 6, Glover 0-0 0-0 0, Brush 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 33-72 2-4 77.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE (78) -- Davis 1-5 1-2 3, Gugliotta 9-19 3-4 25, Thompson 8-9 4-6 20, McCuller 1-5 1-2 4, Bakalli 7-10 1-2 18, Fletcher 0-0 0-0 0, Knox 1-6 0-0 3, Robinson 0-0 0-0 0, Lewis 1-1 3-3 5. Totals 28-55 13-19 78.

Halftime--Pittsburgh 44, N.Carolina St. 40. 3-point goals--Pittsburgh 9-20 (Miller 4-7, McCullough 3-4, Jordan 1-4, McNeal 1-5), N.Carolina St. 9-18 (Gugliotta 4-7, Bakalli 3-5, Knox 1-1, McCuller 1-4, Davis 0-1). Fouled out--None. Rebounds--Pittsburgh 37 (McNeal 13), N.Carolina St. 32 (Thompson 11). Assists--Pittsburgh 21 (Miller 6), N.Carolina St. 14 (Gugliotta 5). Total fouls--Pittsburgh 17, N.Carolina St. 12. A--13,619.

'No. 12 Connecticut. . . . 84

No. 23 Wake Forest. . . . 75

ACC-Big East Challenge

Yesterday

$ (At Hartford, Conn.)

Connecticut 84, Wake Forest 75

N.C. State 78, Pittsburgh 77

Today

At Atlanta: Florida State vs. Syracuse, 7 p.m.; Georgia Tech vs. Villanova, 9:30 p.m.

Tomorrow

At East Rutherford, N.J.: Maryland vs. Providence, 7 p.m.; North Carolina vs. Seton Hall, 9:30 p.m.

Thursday

At Greensboro, N.C.: Virginia-Georgetown, 7 p.m.; Duke-St. John's, 9:30 p.m.

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