No. 11 Pitt outscored Oklahoma State, 26-9, in the final 9:42 of the first half for a 49-31 halftime lead this afternoon at Petersen Events Center.
The Panthers (9-0) were led by Sam Young’s 13 points – the junior forward scored 10 in the final 3:41 – and DeJuan Blair’s 12 points and five rebounds.
Oklahoma State (5-3) tied the game at 14-14 on a Terrell Harris basket at the 13:57 mark, but Pitt answered with an 8-2 run over the next 2:14.
Senior guard Keith Benjamin gave the Panthers a spark off the bench. He hit a 3-pointer from the right corner for a 17-14 lead, then got a steal and fed a no-look pass to DeJuan Blair for a thunderous dunk and 19-14 advantage. Ronald Ramon added a 3-pointer for a 22-16 lead.
Pitt took a double-digit lead when Fields threw a cross-court pass to Ramon, who hit a 3-pointer for a 36-26 advantage with 5:12 remaining. Young then hit four consecutive shots and two free throws.
Pitt is shooting 68 percent (17 of 25) from the field to Oklahoma State’s 38.7 percent (12 of 31). The Panthers also have made 5 of 8 3-pointers (62.5 percent), while the Cowboys are shooting 22.2 percent (2 of 9) from 3-point range.