Pittsburgh 81, Georgia Tech 74

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[January 15, 2014]  ATLANTA, Ga.  No. 21 Pittsburgh 81, Georgia Tech 74: Talib Zanna scored 22 points and the visiting Panthers held on after building a 14-point second-half lead to down the Yellow Jackets.

Zanna recorded nine rebounds and James Robinson added 16 points for Pittsburgh (16-1, 4-0 ACC), which won its sixth in a row. The Panthers, in their first ACC season, shot 56.9 percent from the field.

Trae Golden led Georgia Tech (10-7, 1-3) with 22 points, Marcus Georges-Hunt added 13 points and Daniel Miller scored 12 points with five blocked shots. The Yellow Jackets were dominated on the backboards 38-18, just the second time this season Georgia Tech has been outrebounded.

Pittsburgh scored nine consecutive points to turn a 37-32 deficit into a 41-37 advantage four minutes into the second half. Leading 44-42 with 13:28 to play, the Panthers scored 15 of the next 18 points  six coming from Cameron Wright  and Lamar Patterson's three-point play with 7:53 left pushed the Pittsburgh lead to 59-45.

Golden scored 12 consecutive points down the stretch to fuel Georgia Tech's frantic comeback bid and his two free throws with 29 seconds remaining cut the Pittsburgh advantage to 78-74. But Michael Young hit a pair from the line to answer one second later to secure the win for the Panthers as the Yellow Jackets could not counter on their next possession.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Patterson, the ACC player of the week who averaged 22.7 points in first three conference games, scored his first points 45 seconds into the second half and finished with 11. Georgia Tech had won the previous five matchups with Pittsburgh, the last two coming in 1989. The Yellow Jackets played without Jason Morris (concussion) and Solomon Poole (migraines).

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