Nov. 17, 2013
Howard at Pitt, Petersen Events Center, November 17, 2013
Pitt 84, Howard 52
*Pitt (3-0) opened up Progressive Legends Classic play with a dominating 84-52 victory over Howard (2-3) on Sunday evening at the Petersen Events Center.
*Pitt set a school record by shooting 81.0 percent from the floor in the first half (17-21). The Panthers’ highest previous mark for field-goal percentage in a half was 80.8 percent (21-26) against George Washington on Jan. 9, 1980.
*Pitt continued its perfect start by improving to 3-0 this season, making it the 15th time in the last 16 years that the Panthers have started a campaign with three consecutive victories.
*Senior Lamar Patterson enjoyed a stellar night, recording his second career 20-point game thanks to his 64 percent (7-11) shooting effort. The only other time he previously scored 20-plus points in a game was against Marquette (22) on Jan. 12, 2013. Tonight was his 39th career game in double-figure scoring. He finished with 20 points, five rebounds and four assists.
*Freshman Michael Young topped double-digit points mark for the first time in his career, finishing with 11 points. He also added two rebounds, two assists and attempted – and made – his first career 3-pointer early in the second half.
*10 different Panthers scored for Pitt, including junior Aron Nwankwo, who scored a career-high five points while also attempting and making his first career 3-pointer.
*Junior Cameron Wright tied a career-high with three assists, reaching that mark for the sixth time in his career.
*After coming up empty from 3-point range and shooting a school-record low 0-11 in its last game against Fresno State, the Pitt found its stroke beyond the arc tonight, knocking down eight of 15 3-pointers. Patterson led the way for Pitt by going 4-5 from 3-point range.
*For the third consecutive game, Pitt shot better than 70 percent from the free-throw line (18-23). That percentage was helped by redshirt freshman Chris Jones, who made all five of his foul shots and scored a career-high seven points.
*The Panthers improved to 183-22 all-time at the Petersen Events Center.
*Pitt won its 12th consecutive non-conference home game and has now won 89 of its last 101 home games. The Panthers have also won 125 of their last 128 home games against regular season non-conference home opponents. Pitt improved to 104-3 all-time against non-conference opponents in the Petersen Events Center.
*Pitt also improved to 48-1 in November games at the Petersen Events Center.
*Pitt improved to 26-0 all-time vs. Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponents and 5-0 vs. Howard.
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