Talib Zanna tallied 13 points and nine rebounds for
Pittsburgh (14-1, 2-0 ACC), which has won 12 straight at home.
The Panthers' 10th-ranked scoring defense held Maryland (10-6,
2-1) to its second-lowest point total of the season.
Seth Allen enjoyed his finest effort for the Terrapins since
returning four games ago from a broken left foot with 18 points.
Evan Smotrycz chipped in with 14 points and was the only other
player to finish in double figures for Maryland, which saw its
best start in league play since the 2002-03 season halted.
Neither team enjoyed more than a four-point lead until Johnson
hit a jumper on Pittsburgh's last possession to cap a first
half-ending 11-2 surge and give the Panthers a 36-30 advantage
at the break. Maryland moved within three on a pair of free
throws by Allen about 2½ minutes into the second half, but
Michael Young's basket a little more than three minutes later
helped Pittsburgh stretch its advantage to double figures for
the first time.
Allen drained three 3-pointers and scored 11 points after
intermission to keep the Terrapins within striking distance, but
Maryland shot 28.5 percent in the second half and could get no
closer than eight points thereafter. Following a 3-pointer by
Smotrycz with just over five minutes left, Pittsburgh did not
allow another field goal and put the game away by scoring 13 of
the last 16 points.
GAME NOTEBOOK: All but one of Pittsburgh's 15 opponents have
been held to 70 points or fewer and nine have scored 60 points
or fewer. … Maryland suffered a loss for the first time since
Allen's return. … The Panthers improved to 190-22 all-time at
the Petersen Events Center.
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