The Clemson Tigers had the game all locked up. With just three seconds left on the clock, the team was leading the Pittsburgh Panthers by five points. That was, of course, before Lamar Patterson hit a three-pointer and Clemson fumbled away the inbounds pass leading to a buzzer-beating jumper by Josh Newkirk to tie the game.
Overtime began much the same way regulation ended as the Panthers continued on what would be a 12-0 run en route to an 83-78 victory.
After the game, Clemson coach Brad Brownell talked about the crushing defeat.
“This was certainly a painful loss. I guess you do this long enough and you see a little bit of everything. I have experienced a lot of things in games, and that is one I haven’t experienced before. Obviously it will be with me for a while. It’s disappointing because we played well enough to win. Guys made good plays. We had a lot of guys play well today, but that is going to be overshadowed because of the way we played the last 15 seconds. That is hard to get over, but we’ve got tonight to feel sorry for ourselves and then we need to wake up tomorrow and try to get ready for the ACC Tournament.”