Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pitt 88, Stanford 67 Offense Rules to Win Classic Hot Shooting Lifts ?Panthers to Title

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pitt 88, Stanford 67 Offense Rules to Win Classic Hot Shooting Lifts ?Panthers to Title

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. --

Under coach Jamie Dixon, Pitt has won a lot of games thanks to hellacious, relentless man-to-man defense. But the Panthers often have been much more resourceful than potent on offense.

Through six games, that doesn't appear to be the way this version of the Panthers are going to win. While they still play good defense, they can score points in a hurry and shoot extremely well.

Tuesday night, the Panthers' offensive prowess was on display again as they chopped up Stanford, 88-67, to win the championship of the Progressive Legends Classic at the Barclays Center.

This is the second time Pitt has won the Legends Classic. The Panthers also won the event in 2008 in Newark, N.J., with wins against Texas Tech and Washington State.

Senior forward Lamar Patterson again led the way for the Panthers with a career-high 24 points, 6 assists and 3 rebounds. He was 9 of 11 from the free-throw line and 3 of 6 from the 3-point line.

Patterson was named the tournament's most valuable player and junior guard Cameron Wright was named to the all-tournament team along with Stanford's Dwight Powell, who had 20 points and nine rebounds in a losing effort.

Pitt had four others reach double figures against Stanford -- Durand Johnson and Talib Zanna with 14 each, Wright with 13 and James Robinson with 10.

The Panthers (6-0) forced 14 turnovers, had nine steals and outrebounded the Cardinal, 33-25.

But the Panthers' shooting numbers were their most impressive.

They were 8 of 17 from the 3-point line (47 percent) and 30 of 34 from the free-throw line (88 percent).

The Panthers blew their first five opponents out quickly, but the Cardinal made them work a little harder before they took control.

Pitt led, 43-28, at halftime, but that represented the smallest halftime lead through six games -- and the Cardinal had some opportunities late in the half to cut the deficit further.

Pitt started the game with an emphatic dunk by Zanna, quickly building a 9-3 lead that made it look like the Panthers would be off and running to another easy victory. …

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