RALEIGH, N.C. - Lamar Patterson scored 22 points to help Pittsburgh beat North Carolina State 74-62 on Saturday in the Panthers' first Atlantic Coast Conference game.
Talib Zanna added 15 points for the Panthers (13-1, 1-0 ACC), who won their third straight overall in their first road game of the season. Pitt fell behind 17-2 and trailed by eight at halftime in a miserable opening half, but dominated the second half by shooting 63 percent to build a double-digit lead that silenced the hostile crowd.
Most of that production came in the paint, where Pitt kept getting good looks around the rim to wrestle back control from the Wolfpack (10-4, 0-1). The Panthers finished with 26 of their 34 points in the paint after halftime.
Patterson shot 8-for-16 from the field and hit two 3-pointers, including one to beat the shot clock over Desmond Lee for a 66-53 lead with 4:32 left.
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