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Pittsburgh 59, Miami 55 (OT)

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The No. 25 Pittsburgh Panthers, playing their first game in Miami in a decade, defeated the Hurricanes 59-55 in overtime Wednesday night at the BankUnited Center.

Forward Lamar Patterson led Pitt with 25 points. He has scored in double figures in an ACC-best 21 consecutive games and entered Wednesday ranked fourth in the league in scoring and fifth in assists.

Guard Rion Brown led Miami with 21 points.

On Miami's final possession of overtime, Brown lost the handle, and Patterson, who had 10 points in overtime, got the steal.

The final minute of regulation was thrilling. With Miami trailing 44-42 and 25 seconds left, Brown hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key.

Patterson put Pitt back on top with a drive to the hoop with 13 seconds left.

Miami point guard Manu Lecomte got fouled on a drive with seven seconds left. Lecomte missed the first free throw but made the second to force overtime.

Miami was just 2 of 7 from the foul line in the second half.

Pitt (19-4, 7-3 ACC) snapped a two-game losing streak. Pitt also tied Duke for third place in the conference.

Miami (11-11, 2-7) has lost four straight ACC games. The 'Canes are 0-5 this season in ACC home games. Overall, Miami is 5-7 at home.

The game was a battle between two different styles defensively -- man for Pitt and zone for Miami.

Before the game, Miami coach Jim Larranaga said Pitt may be the best passing team in the country. But that was not evident early as Pitt just four assists and seven turnovers at the half.

Miami's offense wasn't much better, though. The 'Canes opened the second half by making just one field goal in the first 10 minutes.

Pitt led 29-28 at halftime after Patterson hit a pair of 3-pointers in the final minute, including one at the buzzer.

Miami, which led by as many as six points in the first half, got forward James Kelly back after he missed the two previous games due to an ankle injury.

Brown, who had started every Hurricanes game this season, missed practice Tuesday due to an illness. He was used off the bench Wednesday.

Miami's bench outscored Pitt's reserves 10-0 in the first half, thanks in part to six points by Brown.

NOTES: The last time Pitt visited Miami was Jan. 10, 2004, when both teams were in the Big East and the Panthers won 84-80 in double overtime. ... There were four Nigerian centers on the team's rosters Wednesday -- two for Miami and two for Pitt. Miami's Nigerians are 7-foot-0, 235-pound sophomore starter Tonye Jekiri and 6-9, 240-pound senior reserve Raphael Akpejiori. Pitt's Nigerians are 6-9, 230-pound senior starter Talib Zanna and 6-10, 260-pound sophomore reserve Joseph Uchebo. ... Pitt senior F Lamar Patterson has been the ACC Player of the Week three times this season. ... Entering Wednesday, Miami ranked 336 out of 351 Division I teams with a 61.6 scoring average. When adjusted for points per possession, Miami was dead last. ... Pitt leads the ACC in assists per game (16.4).
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