CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Miami held ACC opponent Pitt to 33 percent shooting from the floor, but came up short in OT against the nation’s 22nd ranked team, 59-55.
Lamar Patterson scored 25 points to help Pittsburgh end a two-game losing streak.
Cameron Wright added 12 points and Talib Zanna had 10 for Pittsburgh (19-4, 7-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Rion Brown had 21 points for Miami (11-11, 2-7).
Patterson made one of two free throws with 10.6 seconds left to give the Panthers a 57-55 lead. Brown’s pass as he drove toward the basket was intercepted by Patterson, who made two free throws to seal the victory.
Patterson made a layup with 13.1 seconds left in regulation to give Pittsburgh a one-point lead, but Manu Lecomte of Miami made the second of two free throws with 7 seconds left to tie the game at 46.
Miami’s starting five: Manu Lecomte, Davon Reed, Garrius Adams, Donnavan Kirk, Tonye Jekiri. Rion Brown missed his first start of the season due to being ill and missing practice on Tuesday.
Miami limited Pitt to 33 percent shooting from the field, their third-lowest percentage of the season and second-lowest in ACC play.
Miami’s first points came on a Garrius Adams fast break at the 17:40 mark of the first half.
With a pair of swats, Erik Swoope recorded two or more blocks for the second-straight game, pushing his season total to eight.
Donnavan Kirk recorded a block for the fourth straight game and pushed his season total to 44.
Rion Brown scored in double-figures (21) for the fourth-straight game and 17th time this season.
Garrius Adams scored in double-figures (10) for the third straight game and 11th time this season.
SOURCE: Miami Athletics