Canes Out of BE Tourney

Brandin Knight scored 20 points and tied a Big East Tournament record with 14 assists, leading seventh-ranked Pittsburgh to a 76-71 victory over No. 20 Miami-Florida. Julius Page added 16 points for the Panthers (27-4), who will make their second straight trip to the conference tournament title game.

Elton Tyler poured in 30 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds for Miami (24-7), which will await an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

The Panthers lost in the championship game last year to Boston College, playing four games in four days. This year, the top seed from the Western Division, will play for only the third time in three days on Saturday night against the winner of Friday's second semifinal between Connecticut and Notre Dame.

Pittsburgh used a 12-2 run to turn a 58-54 deficit into a 66-60 lead. Page hit a pair of three-pointers during the spurt and Ontario Lett capped it with a bucket with 4:55 remaining.

The Panthers led by as many as nine, at 74-65, when Knight tied the tournament record with his 14th assist on an alley-oop to Page with 2:17 left.

Miami then responded with the next six points on a free throw, a Tyler tip-in and a three-pointer by John Salmons, making it a 74-71 game with 1:07 remaining.

The Panthers then turned the ball over with under 30 seconds left, giving the Hurricanes a chance to tie. After a timeout, Miami turned the ball over with 15.6 seconds to play.

Page was fouled with 10.8 seconds left and hit both free throws to seal it.

Lett had 13 points off the bench for Pittsburgh, hitting 6-of-7 shots. Marcus Barnes netted 20 for Miami, while Darius Rice, the Hurricanes' leading scorer at 15 ppg, went 0-for-5 from the field and did not score.

The first half was tightly contested, although Pittsburgh managed to open an eight-point lead at 33-25. Page hit a three-pointer and slammed down a dunk off a feed from Knight during a 9-0 run that gave the Panthers the cushion.

The Hurricanes responded with the next seven points, capped by a tip-in from Salmons to make it a 33-32 with 2:04 left.

Knight and Tyler then traded buckets before Donatas Zavackas hit a pair of free throws in the closing seconds to give the Panthers a 37-34 lead heading into the break.

Knight had 11 points and nine assists in the opening half for Pittsburgh, while Tyler poured in 16 points for Miami.

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