ACC Roundup: No. 20 Pittsburgh defeats Maryland, 83-79
There will be times this season when Pittsburgh will win on the strength of its outside shooting or its suffocating defense.
Neither of those qualities was required against Maryland on Saturday night. Instead, the 20th-ranked Panthers relied on their inside game and the prowess of guard Lamar Patterson to squeeze out an 83-79 victory.
Patterson scored 28 points, and the Panthers used a 37-28 rebounding advantage and 32 free throws to complete their first regular-season sweep as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
"I think this team can win in a variety of ways. We do everything well," Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon said. "We rebound well, we shoot it well. Today wasn't going to be a 3-point shooting game. I didn't want to get into that. We attacked the basket well and that's what we wanted to do."
Pittsburgh (18-2, 6-1) never trailed in the second half against the struggling Terrapins, who lost by 20 to the Panthers on Jan. 6. Although this game was significantly closer than the first one, Maryland (11-9, 3-4) simply couldn't contain Patterson, a 6-foot-5 senior who fell just short of matching his career high of 30 points.
"Lamar was scoring within the offense," Pitt guard Cameron Wright said. "It's not like he was trying to do too much. He's playing out of his mind right now. He was able to hold us together."
Patterson went 8 for 14 from floor and made 12 of 14 free throws. He also had seven rebounds and seven assists.
Talib Zanna scored 16 for the Panthers and James Robinson had 13. Pittsburgh made only one of a season low-tying seven shots from beyond the arc.
Wake beats Irish 65-58 to remain perfect at home
WINSTON-SALEM — Devin Thomas couldn't miss for Wake Forest. With the game on the line, neither could Codi Miller-McIntyre.
Thomas scored 21 points on near-perfect shooting and Miller-McIntyre had six of his eight points in the final 2 minutes of the Demon Deacons' 65-58 victory over Notre Dame on Saturday.
"In the second half, when they went up, I just didn't want to lose," Miller-McIntyre said. "So it kind of just clicked to be aggressive and go to the basket."
Travis McKie finished with 14 points, including four key free throws in the final minute for the Demon Deacons (14-6, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Garrick Sherman scored 20 points but the Fighting Irish (11-9, 2-5) were denied their first ACC road victory.
"Defensively, we probably did enough," coach Mike Brey said. "You'd like to be better in two possessions, but ... we put so much pressure on our 'D' because we couldn't be efficient enough offensively."
Sherman's free throw with 2:24 left put Notre Dame up 54-53, before Wake Forest scored on each of the final six possessions of its 13th straight home win.
Miller-McIntyre gave the Demon Deacons the lead for good with a pretty across-the-lane drive with just under 2 minutes left.
No. 2 Syracuse pulls away from Hurricanes 64-52
CORAL GABLES, Fla. — With Syracuse and Miami going at it zone to zone, the Orange made the last stand.
No. 2 Syracuse held Miami without a field goal for 7½ minutes down the stretch and made eight consecutive free throws in the final minute to remain unbeaten with a 64-52 victory Saturday.
Both teams played zone defense throughout and made points tough to come by for long stretches. The Hurricanes led 47-46 with less than 7 minutes to go but hit only one field goal the rest of the way.
"When we had to stop them, we stopped them," Orange coach Jim Boeheim said.
Syracuse (19-0, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) needs one more victory to tie the school record for most wins to start a season, set two years ago. The ACC newcomers beat defending league champion Miami (10-9, 2-5) for the second time in three weeks.
"I don't care what our record is — we've had seven games, including this one, that could have easily gone the other way," Boeheim said. "All seven games, somebody has made a play. That's a good attribute to have, but it also reminds you that you're perilously close to having three or four losses."
Miami again forced Syracuse into a methodical pace that made easy shots infrequent. The game was nearly 30 minutes old before either side made a fast-break basket.
Brogdon leads Virginia past Virginia Tech, 65-45
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Malcolm Brogdon said yes, he's surprised Virginia has been dominant in the ACC. Then he said he wasn't at all.
Brogdon scored 18 points, Joe Harris had 12 and streaking Virginia closed the first half on a 21-6 run and cruised to its fourth straight victory against Virginia Tech, 65-45, on Saturday, continuing a string of lopsided victories in conference play.
The Cavaliers (15-5, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) matched their best start in conference play in 31 years. In all six of their ACC victories, they have led by at least 20 points in the second half, and they've won by an average of nearly 19 points.
"It is surreal in a sense, but when you really break down the x's and o's, I think we're executing at a high level, we're playing at a high level, our camaraderie, our chemistry is performing at a high level," Brogdon said. "We believed we could perform this well and the opportunities have presented themselves and I feel like we've taken advantage of them."
They did it quickly against a reeling Hokies team that was missing No. 3 scorer Adam Smith (11.0 ppg), got a 2 for 10, 7-point performance from scoring leader Jarell Eddie and had no real answer when Virginia cranked up its defensive intensity.