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Jan. 4, 2014

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Pitt at North Carolina State • PNC Arena • Jan. 4, 2014
Pitt 74, North Carolina State 62

•Pitt captured its first Atlantic Coast Conference victory in its first official regular season game in the league, posting a 74-62 win at NC State on Saturday at PNC Arena.

•The game was the first road contest of the season for Pitt, who has now claimed each of its past four road contests and seven of its last nine away games.

•The Panthers improved to 13-1 on the season, tied for the most wins by an ACC team this season (with Syracuse). Syracuse also plays today.

•Pitt trailed 17-2 at the 14:21 mark of the first half, but outscored the Wolfpack 72-45 en route to the final score.

•Pitt trailed by eight (34-26) at the half and came back from a 15-point total deficit to win the game. The Panthers came back from 16 down in the first half to beat Duke at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 20, 2008 (trailed 31-15, won 66-64 in overtime).

•The game featured a 31-point swing with Pitt’s largest lead at 16 and NC State leading by as many as 15 points.

•The Panthers moved to 2-9 all-time against NC State, posting their first road win versus the Wolfpack (1-7). It marked the first time Pitt had played at PNC Arena.

•Senior Lamar Patterson had 22 points in the win; his sixth career 20 point plus performance, fifth this season. Patterson had XX of his game-high points in the second half. Patterson, who made his 80th straight start for Pitt, added eight rebounds and a team-high six assists. With the six dimes and his eight field goals, Patterson had a hand in 14 of Pitt’s 26 total field goals. Patterson has reached double figure scoring in 13 of 14 games on season, including each of last 11 contests. He is shooting 24-of-42 in past three games (57.1 percent).

•Senior Talib Zanna had 15 points, his 10th double-digit scoring game of the season. He has recorded double figures in the past two-straight games and in eight of past nine. Zanna added nine rebounds, pacing the team in the category for the sixth time this season and in the third-straight game. He has tallied nine or more boards in a game in six games this season.

•Freshman Mike Young recorded his fourth double-figure scoring output with 13 points, first since YSU on Dec. 14.  The 13 points were a career-high for the first-year player.

•Pitt freshmen accounted for 10 of the Panthers’ first 15 points of the game.

•The Panthers shot 63 percent (17-of-27) in the second half after a 33 percent (9-of-27) effort in the first stanza.

•Twenty-six (26) of Pitt’s 34 second-half points came in the paint.

•Pitt had a season-high 13 steals, topping previous high of 12 (vs. Texas Tech, 11-25-13).

•Seventeen (17) of Pitt’s 29 rebounds came in second half. 

Post-Game Notes

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