MILWAUKEE – The No. 19 Pitt Panthers used a balanced offensive attack to notch a 58-51 win at Marquette on Thursday.
Pittsburgh (20-6, 9-4 Big East) shot 55 percent for the game, assisted on 19 of its 23 field goals, and had four players score in double-figures.
"I liked how we did it," Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon said. "We did it with passing. We did it with defense. Those are our strengths."
Marquette (16-9, 7-6) – who came in as the nation's best three-point shooting team – shot only 26 percent from beyond the arc and 35 percent for the game.
"They didn't get many open looks, and we tried to make them earn it," Dixon said. "But we were fortunate, too."
The Golden Eagles finished with 10 turnovers compared to nine assists as their five-game wining streak fell by the wayside.
"We weren't ourselves," MU senior Lazar Hayward said. "Whenever we don't create for each other, we're not a good team."
"Our game is based on paint touches, on both ends of the floor, " MU head coach Buzz Williams said. "[Tonight was] our lowest number of paint touches since I've been here."
Marquette led early before Pitt went on a 23-7 run toward the end of the first half. Darius Johnson-Odom hit a three to draw the Golden Eagles' deficit to 31-25 at the break.
Then, after MU scored the first eight point of the half to go up 32-31, Pitt responded by picking up the tempo in transition and got a bevy of dunks from freshman Dante Taylor.
The Panthers grew their lead as large as 10 points and maintained a steady advantage for the final 10 minutes of the game.
Pittsburgh also registered eight blocks, including a career-high six from Gary McGhee.
Yet, despite an obvious size disadvantage, Marquette played well on the offensive glass, and their 13 offensive rebounds led to 14 second-chance points.
Hayward scored 11 points – giving him 1,700 career points and moving him up to fifth on the program's all-time scoring list. Hayward is also the only player in program history to register over 1,700 points and 800 rebounds.