The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


November 27, 2013

Pitt cruises to championship in Brooklyn

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Whether it is as a member of the Big East or Atlantic Coast Conference, there is one truism about the Pittsburgh Panthers.

They really feel comfortable in New York.

"New York is a second home to us," Lamar Patterson said after Pitt routed Stanford 88-67 in the championship game of the Progressive Legends Classic on Tuesday night.

"It's just something that I think will continue on forever, basically."

Patterson's 24 points led five players in double-figure scoring. Durand Johnson and Talib Zanna had 14 each. Cameron Wright chipped in with 13 and James Robinson added 10.

Pitt improved to 6-0, and has a 31.3 point average margin of victory. Stanford fell to 5-2.

"We shoot a little better," Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon said. "Our guards have some experience. We have a good inside presence in (Zanna) and the new guys are all really skilled offensively. "

Dwight Powell led the Cardinal with 20 points. Anthony Brown and Chasson Randle had 16 and 10, respectively.

While Powell led all players with nine rebounds, Pitt out-rebounded Stanford 31-29 and had a 10-6 advantage in offensive boards. The Panthers used the additional possessions to score 11 second-chance points.

Pitt went into halftime with a 43-28 lead. Much of that advantage was gained in a 21-8 run late in the first half. Twelve of Pitt's 21 points in that span came from the foul line. The Panthers made 14 of 15 free throws in the first half and finished the game at 30 of 34 from the stripe.

It wasn't just from the foul line that Pitt hit from. The Panthers ended the game having made 45.5 percent of their shots from the field, including 47.1 percent from three-point range.

"So we shoot the ball a little better," Dixon said. "We make free throws at a little higher rate and we've always had good passers. That's pretty consistent this year as well. We've always been unselfish. I think we're pushing the ball a little more. But I think we're getting baskets off of turnovers more so this year. We did that a little bit last year, too. "

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