|Date of game: 3/8/2014
Recap: Clemson vs. Pittsburgh
Clemson, SC (SportsNetwork.com) - Lamar Patterson finished with 20 points and seven rebounds as the Pittsburgh Panthers held on for an 83-78 overtime win over the Clemson Tigers in an Atlantic Coast Conference battle Littlejohn Coliseum.
Patterson hit on 10-of-19 field goal attempts and sank all five of his shots at the free-throw line for the Panthers (23-8, 11-7 ACC) as they clinched the fifth seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament. Cameron Wright added 16 points and five assists, while Talib Zanna recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
K.J. McDaniels led Clemson (19-11, 10-8) with 24 points on 7-of-18 shooting from the floor. Jaron Blossomgame contributed 14 points and six rebounds, Jordan Roper had 12 points and Rod Hall went 4-of-6 from the floor en route to 12 points, which he accompanied with six assists.
The Tigers made good on 15-of-26 field goal attempts, including 5-of-10 from 3-point range on 10 assists in the opening period. Pittsburgh hit on only 2- of-7 shots from beyond the arc in the first half and went into the intermission trailing, 38-29.
The Panthers surged back after the break by connecting on 52.2 percent of their shots from the floor and converting 10-of-11 attempts at the charity stripe. Clemson was limited to 41.7 percent efficiency from the field in the second stanza. Blossomgame sank a pair of free-throws with 13 seconds remaining in regulation to give the Tigers a 67-62 lead, but Patterson knocked down a 3-pointer 10 seconds later to make it a two-point game. Then Josh Newkirk stole the ball from Clemson's Damarcus Harrison and make a jumper as time expired to tie the score at 67 and force an extra session.
Patterson opened up the scoring in overtime with a 3-pointer and the Panthers led the rest of the way. Wright sealed the game at the charity stripe with 15 seconds left in the extra session after Hall narrowed the deficit to three with a layup.
The Panthers outrebounded Clemson, 35-28, and outscored the Tigers, 36-28, in the paint to earn their seventh road win of the campaign.Game Notes