Jan. 13, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C.—For the second time this season, University of Pittsburgh senior forward Lamar Patterson (Lancaster, Pa./St. Benedict’s Prep, N.J.) was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week. He was also honored with the same accolade on December 2.
An ACC Player of the Year and All-ACC First Team candidate, Patterson is the first Pitt player to earn two or more conference player of the week honors in the same season since Sam Young achieved the feat in 2008-09.
While leading Pitt to consecutive victories over Maryland (79-59) and Wake Forest (80-65), Patterson averaged 23.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. He also shot 62.1 percent (18-29) from the floor and 55.6 percent (5-9) from 3-point range and accounted for 47 percent (26 of 55) of Pitt’s total field goals on the week (18 field goals/eight assists).
Against Wake Forest on Jan. 11, Patterson scored a game-high 27 points, converted 10-17 field goals, hit 4-7 3-pointers, grabbed five rebounds and dished out six assists. He led Pitt with a team-high 19 points (8-12 FG) and grabbed five rebounds vs. Maryland on Jan. 6.
On the year, Patterson leads the Panthers in both scoring (17.9 ppg.) and assists (72). He is shooting 53.5 percent (99-185) from the floor and 43.7 percent (31-71) from 3-point range. While leading Pitt in scoring 10 times on the year, he has registered one 30-point game, six 20-point games and 15 double figure scoring games (currently 13 consecutive) in 16 contests played. Patterson needs just 12 rebounds and 55 assists to become just the third player in school history to amass 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists in a career.
On a five-game win streak, No. 22/21 Pitt (15-1) is a perfect 3-0 in ACC play. The Panthers are back in action on Tuesday night at Georgia Tech. Tipoff is at 9 p.m. ET. on ESPNU.