Playing without senior guard Tray Woodall for most of the game, Pitt fell to Marquette, 74-67, in overtime this afternoon at the Petersen Events Center.
The Panthers fell to 1-3 in Big East play while Marquette improved to 3-0.
Marquette scored six of the first eight points of overtime and never looked back. Pitt forced overtime when Lamar Patterson made a 3-pointer at the buzzer at the end of regulation. The Panthers had possession because Marquette center Davantae Gardner turned the ball over trying to break the press with 19.5 seconds left.
Gardner's mistake did not haunt the Golden Eagles because the Panthers continued to struggle to score without Woodall, who left the game with a concussion in the opening minutes after a collision with Marquette's Derrick Wilson when they were going after a loose ball.
Patterson led Pitt with 22 points. Vander Blue led Marquette with 22 points.
Marquette led for most of the first half and took a 33-30 lead into the intermission. The offense struggled without Woodall, who left the game with a concussion after an early collision with Marquette's Derrick Wilson.
Pitt shot 37 percent from the field in the first half while Marquette shot 61 percent and made 5 of 7 shots from 3-point range.
Despite the poor shooting, the Panthers were able to stay competitive by getting seven offensive rebounds. They might have had a lead if they had shot their free throws better. They missed six of their first 10 foul shots and finished the half 9 for 15 from the line.
Durand Johnson gave Pitt a short-lived lead when he completed a 3-point play and a 28-27 lead with 1:56 remaining in the half. It was the Panthers' first lead since 4-3 in the first three minutes of the contest.
Marquette regained control by scoring six of the final eight points of the half.mobilehome - homepage - breaking - pittsports
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