Pitt outrebounded Georgia Tech 38-18, with 12 of those coming
on the offensive end, and wound up winning its 11th straight
"Rebounding is something you have to do, you have to do that to
win that on the road," Dixon said. "Obviously by that kind of
margin is good."
Georgia Tech could not find a way to slow Pitt center Talib
Zanna, who had 22 points, one short of his career high on
8-for-10 shooting. Zanna had a team-high nine rebounds, leaving
him just shy of his sixth double-double of the season.
"You've got to get on the glass and we didn't do that," Georgia
Tech coach Brian Gregory said. "I was disappointed in our
defense. We didn't play defense like we need to play in this
The rebounding domination helped fuel Pitt's success from the
field. The Panthers shot 56.9 percent from the floor and made
65.4 percent in the second half. They took only seven 3-pointers
"For the most part we took good shots," Dixon said. "A lot of
layups, which is how we ended up shooting 56 percent."
Pitt also got 16 points from guard James Robinson, who made
5-of-7 from the floor and posted his first double-figure scoring
effort since Dec. 3.
Their effort helped offset one of the worst nights of the season
for guard Lamar Patterson, a contender for ACC player of the
year. Patterson failed to score in the first half and wound up
with 12 on 4-of-13 shooting. Patterson did have a game-high
"He didn't have his best game in the first half," Dixon said.
"Lamar didn't seem to have a lot of patience. It wasn't his best
game, but his passing was terrific."
Georgia Tech (10-7, 1-3 ACC) was led by guard Trae Golden with
22 points, including four 3-pointers. Forward Marcus
Georges-Hunt scored 13 points before fouling out, and center
Daniel Miller and forward Kammeon Holsey each scored 12.
The turning point came in the second half when Pitt went on a
9-0 run to erase a five-point deficit and take a 41-37 lead. The
Panthers stretched the lead to 11 points at 53-42 on a jumper by
Robinson with 11:10 left.
"We had some stops and going in transition," Dixon said.
Pitt led by as many as 14 with 7:53 left when Georgia Tech tried
to come back. The Jackets cut the lead to 71-65 and Golden's
3-point try hit the rim and fell away with 1:18 left to end the
Both teams spent most of the first half attacking the rim. Pitt
scored 20 points and Georgia Tech had 16 points in the paint
during the first half, which Georgia Tech led 35-32.
Tech was without guard Jason Morris, who had started the last
four games, who suffered a concussion Saturday, and guard
Solomon Poole, who was out with a migraine. The Jackets were
already without forward Robert Carter Jr., the team's leading
rebounder, after meniscus surgery.
"As disjointed as we were, we still put up a pretty good fight,"
said Gregory, who had two players foul out and was playing a
walk-on by the end of the game.
With a 4-0 start in its first season in the ACC, Pitt is off to
its best start in league play since opening the 2010-11 Big East
schedule at 7-0. Dixon is now 15-0 against previous ACC teams.
NOTES: Pitt was playing without F Durand Johnson, a 6-foot-6
sophomore who had emerged as one of the top sixth men in the
ACC. Johnson torn the ACL and meniscus on his right knee in
Saturday's win against Wake Forest. ... Pitt moved in the
rankings for the first time this week and landed at No. 22. ...
Both teams play again Saturday. Pitt is back on the road against
No. 2 Syracuse, while Georgia Tech completes a three-game
homestand with a game against Miami.
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