PITTSBURGH—Lamar Patterson hit a three-pointer with 1.2 sec left to tie the game 57-57 but the Pitt (13-4, 1-3 Big East) ran out of gas in overtime and lost 74-67 to visiting Marquette (12-3, 3-0 Big East) at the Petersen Event Center on Saturday.
“We got it tied up and made it into overtime. We didn’t do a good job hitting shots in overtime,” Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon said. “We simply didn’t get it done.”
The Panthers got out-rebounded 38-33, including giving up 11 offensive rebounds, which was a key to their loss.
“The rebounding stands out to me,” Dixon said. “We lost three league games and got out-rebounded in all of them. That speaks volumes to me.”
They also shot a poor 13-26 from the free throw line, including 2-7 in overtime.
“You gotta make the free throws, that’s part of it, You’re going to have games you don’t shoot so well from the free throw line,” Dixon said. “When you get fouled, you want to get makes. We had misses from good shooters and misses from some that are not.”
Pitt shot 23-58 (39 percent) from the field including 8-20 from three-point range. Talib Zanna and J.J. Moore had been shooting well from the floor entering the game but Zanna shot just 1-9 from the floor and Moore shot 2-7.
“Talib [Zanna] had nine shots and got one make. Steve [Adams] got fouled but didn’t make any free throws,” Dixon said. “If you don’t make free throws and you don’t make layups, you’re not going to have the success you need.”
Tray Woodall banged his head in a collision on a loose ball near midcourt just four minutes into the game and did not return. Dixon said he will be held out for 48 hours due to the required concussion testing period and his status will be determined after that.
Marquette was hot from three point range in the first half shooting 5-7. On defense Pitt was slowed down by the Golden Eagle’s 2-3 zone in the first half and struggled to find any offensive rhythm. Even still, the Panthers were only down 33-30 at the break.
“Our defense wasn’t good enough in the first half. Their three’s put us in the hole,” Dixon said. “We battled back but our rebounding was a concern throughout.”
Pitt fell behind by as much as six points in the second half but stayed close enough to set up Patterson’s game-tying shot. He led Pitt with 22 points including a career-high 6-7 from three-point range including his game-tying shot, which went for naught.
“I hit it but we didn’t come up with the win in overtime. We took a couple errant shots (in at the beginning of overtime,” Patterson said. “It seemed in our losses, when we need a big play, were just not coming up with it.”
“They had a good defensive scheme tonight,” Robinson said. “We needed to execute our plays a little better. We just didn’t get it done.”
Marquette was led by Vander Blue with 22 points including 9-10 from the free throw line, Davante Gardner with 13, Jamil Wilson with 11, and Todd Mayo with 10.
“Anytime you play league games, particularly on the road, this is how it’s going to be,” Marquette head coach Buzz Williams said. “In this environment where [Pitt] wins 90 percent of their games, I think [the win] says a lot.”
Pitt travels to Villanova on Wednesday in hopes of rebounding from the tough loss and get back on the winning track in Big East league play.
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