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Syracuse blown out at Pitt, 96-76 (full coverage)

The Pittsburgh Panthers shut off Syracuse’s perimeter offense and then ran past the Orange for a 96-76 victory at the Petersen Events Center on Saturday.

Syracuse managed to make just three out of 22 shots from 3-point range.

Meanwhile, if Pittsburgh wasn’t beating the Orange down the floor, it was beating the Orange on the boards. The Panthers out-scored Syracuse 18 to six in transition and also collected 18 second-chance points.

The 96 points marked a season-high for Pittsburgh. Syracuse led 37-32 at halftime, but gave up 64 points in the second half.

It was Pitt’s first game in 10 days. The last time the Panthers played was a 63-60 win over Syracuse at the Carrier Dome on Jan. 6. After the 10-day layoff, the Panthers completed the season sweep of the Orange.

Syracuse’s record dipped to 7-4 overall and 1-3 in the ACC. Pittsburgh improved to 7-2 for the season and 3-1 in the conference.

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Syracuse will take on Pittsburgh for the second time in 10 days when it visits the Petersen Events Center on Saturday, Jan. 16. Tip off is set for 12 p.m.

Pittsburgh has not played since taking on the Orange on Jan. 6 as its games against Florida State and Georgia Tech were postponed. The Panthers enter Saturday’s game with a 6-2 overall record, including a 2-1 mark in ACC play.

Syracuse and Pittsburgh will meet for the 120th time overall and second time this season. The Orange own a 73-46 advantage in the series.

In the first meeting on Jan. 6 in the Carrier Dome, the Panthers used a 19-5 scoring run over the final 5:30 to record a 63-60 come-from-behind victory. Junior Alan Griffin led the Orange with 15 points and eight rebounds, while redshirt sophomore Robert Braswell added a career-high 12 points. Ithiel Horton scored 14 points for Pittsburgh, while Toney had a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds.

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