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Panthers race by Maryland 79-59

10:45 PM, Jan 6, 2014   |    comments
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PITTSBURGH (AP) - 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 had 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.

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