Oct. 18, 2013
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PITTSBURGH--Senior Lamar Patterson and junior Cameron Wright each scored a game-high 25 points in leading the Gold squad to a decisive 74-67 victory over the Blue team in Friday evening's Oakland Zoo Blue-Gold Scrimmage at Petersen Events Center. Following the game, the Oakland Zoo held its annual pizza party on the floor. The scrimmage drew 2,312 fans.
The Gold squad took the lead midway through the first half and never looked back, building its lead to as many as 11 points (66-55) with 2:45 left in the game. The Gold team took advantage of 82.9 percent free throw shooting, converting 29-35 from the line. Patterson and Wright drew fouls all night long and combined for superb 22-25 free throw shooting as it took control of the game.
Along with his 25 points, Patterson hit 5-11 field goals, 12-13 free throws, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out six assists in 30 minutes. Meanwhile, Wright scored his 25 by converting 7-14 shots and 10-12 free throws in 29 minutes. It was Wright's second consecutive 20-point scrimmage as the junior from Cleveland scored 27 points and hit the game-winner at the buzzer in Pitt's first Blue-Gold Scrimmage on Oct. 6. Freshman forward Michael Young added 16 points for the winners who were outrebounded 32-25.
The Blue squad was paced by four double figure scorers including senior Talib Zanna, who finished with 19 points and a game-high 17 rebounds, sophomore James Robinson (15 points, eight assists), sophomore Durand Johnson (17 points) and freshman Jamel Artis (13 points).
Pitt coach Jamie Dixon spent the entire scrimmage at the scorers table chatting with former Pitt coach Ben Howland. Howland was in Pittsburgh visiting his long-time friend Dixon.
The scrimmage gave Pitt basketball fans their second competitive glimpse of the 2013-14 team. Junior Derrick Randall (knee) and sophomore Joseph Uchebo (knee) both did not play due to injuries.
Pitt plays its first exhibition game next Friday evening when it hosts UC-San Diego at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. for the contest which will be televised live on ESPN3 and www.pittsburghpanthers.com. Pitt returns three starters and two of its top three scorers from a team that finished 24-9 overall and advanced to its 11th NCAA Tournament in the last 12 seasons.