Panther Depth Too Much For Lions

Four Pitt starters reach double-figures, but it's bench play such as 12 points from Durand Johnson and another eight points from freshman Jamel Artis that was too much for Loyola Marymount to handle.

Pittsburgh -- Cameron Wright scored 14 points to lead five Pittsburgh players in double figures in an 85-68 victory over Loyola Marymount at the Petersen Events Center on Friday night.

Pitt (9-0) opened the second half on a 12-4 run that gave the Panthers a 52-33 lead. Loyola Marymount cut the deficit to 14 with over eight minutes to play, but Lamar Patterson pushed the lead back to 18 with two layups after a timeout. The Panthers extended their lead to as much as 22 in the final minutes.

Loyola Marymount (6-3) hung tight with Pitt through the game's first eight-plus minutes, and trailed only 19-17 at the under-12 media timeout. But Pitt closed the half on a 21-12 run to gain separation.

The Lions had three of their own hit double-digit scoring, paced by Anthony Ireland's game-high 20 points.

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