Panthers race by Maryland 79-59
Lamar Patterson scored 19 points, Durand Johnson added a career-high 17 and Pittsburgh raced past Maryland 79-59 on Monday night.
The Panthers (14-1, 2-0) shot 53 percent from the floor and pulled away from the Terrapins in the second half to win their first ACC home game with relative ease.
Seth Allen led Maryland (10-6, 2-1) with 18 points but the Terrapins couldn't keep up with the Panthers, who have quickly made themselves at home in their new conference after moving over from the Big East this fall.
Johnson, limited by the flu in a victory at N.C. State on Saturday, keyed a late first-half surge that put Pitt in front and kept it going in the second half. The Panthers used a 15-7 burst to build a 13-point lead, then pulled away.
The Terrapins were looking for their first 3-0 start in ACC play since 2002, when they went on to win the national title behind Juan Dixon and Steve Blake. Maryland could have used them while trying to guard the smaller, quicker Panthers.
Pitt used a lineup that spread the floor, giving Patterson and Johnson room to work. Patterson, who is developing into one of the ACC's best all-around players, kept the Panthers in it after the Terrapins got off to a hot start.
Maryland led 26-23 with six minutes left in the half when Johnson got rolling. The Baltimore native, who felt bypassed by some ACC schools, did his best to take it out on the Terrapins. Chastised at times by Pitt coach Jamie Dixon for his penchant for chucking 3-pointers, Johnson hit a step-back jumper to get Pitt going then added a 3-pointer and finished the half with a smooth layup as Pitt took a 36-30 lead into the break.
Johnson, typically the first player off the bench, did enough to earn a rare second-half start from Dixon. It immediately paid dividends. He started the half with a layup in traffic then knocked down another wide-open 3, his ever-bubbling confidence overflowing while Maryland coach Mark Turgeon stomped the floor in frustration.
Elon 75, Appalachian State 66
ELON (AP) — Ryley Beaumont scored 16 points to lead Elon to a 75-66 victory over Appalachian State in Southern Conference play Monday night.
Ryan Winters had 14 points, Lucas Troutman added 13 and Jack Isenbarger had 12 for Elon (8-8, 1-1).
Appalachian State (4-10, 0-1) scored first, but Elon quickly took the lead, was ahead 17-9 at the 7:53 mark and sprinted to a 35-20 advantage at the half. The Mountaineers came back to trail only 69-63 with 40 seconds remaining following a 3-pointer by Frank Eaves and two free throws by Tevin Baskin. Elon extended the lead on four free throws by Isenbarger and two by Tanner Samson to secure the victory.
Elon outscored the Mountaineers in the paint, 40-28.
Jay Canty led the Mountaineers with 20 points, Baskin contributed 17 and Eaves had 11.
UNC Greensboro 90, Furman 82
GREENSBORO (AP) — Kayel Locke scored 18 points and UNC Greensboro limited Furman to two field goals in the final six-plus minutes en route to a 90-82 victory Monday night.
Two free throws by Kendrec Ferrara pulled Furman (6-9, 0-2 Southern Conference) within 80-78 with 2:29 to play but the Spartans scored six straight points over the next 1:45 to open up an eight-point lead with 44 seconds remaining. Nicholas Paulos and Kyle Cain each made a pair of free throws in the final 18 seconds to seal the victory.
UNC Greensboro (8-9, 1-1) opened up an 11-point lead with 3:53 left in the first half but the Paladins scored 11 of the final 15 points and went into the break trailing 38-34.
Tevon Sadler scored 17, Paulos 14 and Cain 12 for the Spartans, who made 34 of 59 (57.6 percent) field goals.
Ferrara and Stephen Croone each scored 21 for Furman.