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March 13, 2014

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Pitt vs. Wake Forest, ACC Tournament, March 13, 2014

Pitt 84, Wake Forest 55


*With the win, Pitt improves to 24-8 overall. It marked its first-ever game and first-ever win in ACC Tournament play. Pitt advances to the ACC Tournament quarterfinal round against No. 4 seed North Carolina at 2 p.m. ET. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

*Pitt’s 29-point victory against Wake Forest today (84-55) tied a school-record for largest margin of victory in a league tournament game. Previously, Pitt defeated Rhode Island by 29 points (74-45) in the Eastern 8 Tournament on March 6, 1981.

*Pitt won its 11th game of the year in games played away from home (7-2 in road contests and 4-1 at neutral sites).

*Pitt has now won four of its last five games, including all four away from home.

*Pitt shot 50 percent (31-62) on the day. It has now shot 50 percent or better in four of its last five games.

*Pitt finished with 20 assists on 31 field goals. Pitt outscored Wake Forest 20-3 on points off turnovers and outscored WF 19-7 on offensive rebounds.

*Pitt held Wake Forest to 55 points and 34 percent shooting (18-53). Wake Forest became the 17th Pitt opponent to manage fewer than 60 points. Pitt has also held 23 of 32 opponents below 70 points.

*With his 24 points, Lamar Patterson registered his 13th 20-point game of his career and 12th of the year. He reached double figure scoring for the 30th time in 32 games and for the eighth consecutive contest. Patterson scored 10 points in the game’s first 20 minutes as the Panthers took a 39-25 lead.

*With his 144th career game played, Lamar Patterson set a new school record for most career games played. He surpassed the previous record of 143 held by Sam Young (2005-09).

*Talib Zanna scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half. He finished with 17 points and nine rebounds on 8-10 shooting from the floor. It marked his 51st career double figure scoring game and 24th of the season.

*Josh Newkirk finished with 10 points and five assists. It marked his fifth double figure scoring game of the year and second game with five or more assists. Newkirk has scored 42 points in Pitt’s last four games.

*Jamie Dixon improved to 22-5 vs. previous ACC teams.

*Wake Forest’s 29-point margin of defeat represented its second-widest margin of defeat in the ACC Tournament. It lost a 30-point game to Duke in 1966.

*Pitt improved to 2-0 all-time vs. Wake Forest.

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