Jan. 27, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C.—For a school-record third 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. Patterson, who shared the honor with Wake Forest’s Travis McKie, was also honored with the same accolade on December 2 and January 13.
A national player of the year candidate, ACC Player of the Year and All-ACC First Team candidate, Patterson becomes Pitt’s first-ever three-time conference player of the week honoree in a single season. With his third honor, Patterson also tied a school record for most conference player of the week honors in a career with six other players: Clyde Vaughan, Brandin Knight, Vonteego Cummings, Sam Clancy, Carl Krauser and Sam Young.
While leading Pitt to consecutive wins over Clemson (76-43) and at Maryland (83-79), Patterson averaged 20.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game. He also shot 52.4 percent (11-21) from the floor, 88.9 percent (16-18) free throw line and accounted for 46 percent (24 of 52) of Pitt’s total field goals on the week (11 field goals/13 assists).
At Maryland on Jan. 25, he scored a game-high 28 points, hit 8-14 field goals, a career-high 12-14 free throws, grabbed seven rebounds, finished with four steals and tied a career-high for the 10th time with seven assists. In only 26 minutes of action against Clemson, Patterson finished with 13 points, hit 3-4 3-pointers, grabbed four rebounds and dished out six assists.
On the year, Patterson leads the Panthers in both scoring (17.9 ppg.) and assists (94). He is shooting 51.3 percent (120-234) from the floor and 42.9 percent (39-91) from 3-point range. While leading Pitt in scoring 12 times on the year, he has registered one 30-point game, seven 20-point games and 19 double figure scoring games (currently 18 consecutive) in 20 contests played. Patterson needs just 33 assists to become just the third player in school history to amass 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists in a career.
Winners of six of its last seven games, No. 18/17 Pitt (18-2, 6-1 ACC) is back in action on tonight at the Petersen Events Center against No. 17/16 Duke (16-4, 5-2 ACC). Tipoff is at 7 p.m. for an ESPN Big Monday broadcast.