CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- While missed calls or missed shots would stick with most coaches, Tony Bennett came away from the loss to Pittsburgh with his attention, naturally, squarely on the Virginia defense.

"One of the deals we have with the team is high accountability in the areas of max effort and alertness in our system, but then there will be grace in other areas if you miss shots, things happen that's it," Bennett said.

Bennett called the performance from the Cavaliers "discouraging" and called for his team to look in the mirror after allowing the Panthers to score at will in the second half. In a normal year for the UVA defense 65 points would be plenty, but not when Virginia allows Pittsburgh to score 45 second half points, the second most allowed this season.

"Trusting your slides, trusting your gap, not looking at screens, fighting over screens things like that," senior guard Armaan Franklin said of the defensive miscues, "Just being tough and solid when they try to back you down."

On the season UVA is ranked 13th in the country in scoring defense (59.1 ppg), but gaps continue to arise, especially in losses to ACC foes Miami and Pitt. The Panthers attacked the paint against Virginia, regularly getting inside with or without the presence of shot blocker Kadin Shedrick or big man Francisco Caffaro, who missed the game with an injury.

Bennett pointed out while having a bigger presence like Shedrick or Caffaro inside would help, the focus should be on the perimeter and no doubt other ACC teams will take note of Pitt's approach to cracking the Packline Defense.

"Puts pressure on us, it's kind of hard to go against," senior guard Kihei Clark said, "Try to get better at it. We emphasize getting back, so just got to get back to what we do."

Virginia will look to get back on track defensively against Syracuse on Saturday, while Bennett will take aim at passing Terry Holland for the most wins in UVA men's basketball history once again. While Bennett came as close as he could to calling out his team after the trip to Pittsburgh, he was still measured in his approach to fixing the defensive issues moving forward.

"We weren't connected and the tape will tell us," Bennett said, "So before I go off I think I know what my eyes saw."