Pitt

Panthers unsatisfied with close loss to Heels

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Michael Young fights for a loose ball in the first half Tuesday night. — GETTY

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Jamel Artis came within one foot of sending Pitt to an upset win over one of the top teams in college basketball, but Artis did not want to settle for only coming close.

"This hurts," Artis said after he misfired on a 3-pointer at the buzzer to seal the Panthers' 80-78 loss to No. 12 North Carolina on Tuesday night.

He could have found solace in Pitt's balanced scoring, including Cameron Johnson tying a career-high with 24 points, or that the Panthers showed progress playing in front of 18,438 fans at the Dean E. Smith Center. Artis knows the Panthers are capable of much more than only coming close to an upset win