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Lamar Patterson named ACC Player of the Week for second time this year

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Pitt is off to a 15-1 start this season including 3-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference and a number 22 ranking this week thanks in part to redshirt senior forward Lamar Patterson.

The Atlantic Coast Conference announced today that Patterson was named the ACC player of the week. He is leading the Panthers in scoring (17.9 p.p.g.) and assists (72). He is shooting 53.5 percent (99-185) from the floor and 43.7 percent (31-71) from 3-point range.

Patterson fueled the Panthers win against visiting Wake Forest on Saturday by scoring a game-high 27 points. He shot 10-17 from the floor including 4-7 from 3-point range. He also grabbed five rebounds and dished out six assists.

"We executed well. We played defense. We want to grind teams out," Patterson said. "We're just playing 'Pitt basketball' right now."

He also helped Pitt beat visiting Maryland on Monday with a team-high 19 points on shooting 8-12 from the floor and grabbed five rebounds. He made 26 of the Panthers' 55 field goals last week.

"So far we're doing well. It's just hard work and experience," Patterson said. "I know what [coach] Dixon wants."

Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon feels Patterson's ability to play several positions on the floor, including small forward or power forward, is a valuable asset to the Panthers. He credited Patterson with his knack of knowing when to shoot or when to pass.

"It starts with Lamar. He knows if he's open, he's going to get the ball. If he has the ball and other guys are open, he's going to get it to them. It’s a two-way street," Dixon said. "Lamar's versatility allows us to play small or big."

Patterson earned the player of the week honors on December 2 as well. He is the first Pitt player to earn two or more conference player of the week honors in the same season since Sam Young did it in the 2008-09 season.

He has led Pitt in scoring in ten games this season including one 30-point game, six 20-plus games, and 15 double-figure scoring games overall.

Earlier this season, Patterson surpassed the 1,000-point scoring plateau and needs just 12 rebounds and 55 assists to be the third player in Pitt history to score over 1,000 points, pull down over 500 rebounds, and dish out over 400 assists in his career.

"I've been here awhile so I know the in's and out's," Patterson said. "I like to lead by example."

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