Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pitt 84, Howard 52 Panthers Roll to Simple Win Offensive Execution,?spree of 3-Pointers?a Recipe for Success?in Painless Victory?vs. Undersized Foe

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pitt 84, Howard 52 Panthers Roll to Simple Win Offensive Execution,?spree of 3-Pointers?a Recipe for Success?in Painless Victory?vs. Undersized Foe

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Pitt had its best shooting half ever Sunday in the first half against an overmatched Howard team and the game quickly became a laugher.

The Panthers had such a big lead early that it was hard to tell if they even broke much of a sweat as they coasted to an 84-52 win against the Bison before a crowd of 8,349 at Petersen Events Center.

It was the first of four games the Panthers will play in the Progressive Legends Classic. They play Lehigh Wednesday before heading to Brooklyn, N.Y., for two games at the Barclays Center Nov. 25-26.

Pitt set a school record for field-goal percentage in a half by hitting 17 of 21 shots (81 percent) in the first half Sunday. That and a decided physical advantage allowed Pitt to sprint to leads of 18-1 and 23-8.

Coach Jamie Dixon said that while the Panthers' shooting in the first half and the rest of the game was solid, he was more impressed with their shot selection and offensive execution.

"I don't know that it was shooting, but execution, decision- making, passing," Dixon said. "Sometimes it is guys making shots, but this was running good offense. We had 13 assists at half and that, to me, is the biggest indicator. We were getting layups.

"We were getting some penetration, inside touches and kicking out, and those are the 3-pointers that you make. Last game, we were 0 for 11 from the 3-point line and everybody asked about it. Today, we were 8 for 15 from the 3-point line and of course, nobody asks."

The Panthers were also good from the free-throw line, shooting 18 for 23 (78 percent).

After the initial burst, the Panthers continued their onslaught - - powered by a barrage of 3-pointers from Lamar Patterson (4 for 4 from 3-point range in the first half) -- throughout the half. And just for good measure, Jamel Artis and Michael Young punctuated the first half with back-to-back fastbreak dunks.

Patterson finished with 20 points and five rebounds and said it was just one of those days where every shot seemed to go in. …

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