Panthers, Adams hold off Seton Hall

PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh basketball coach Jamie Dixon isn’t much on style points.

Good thing, because there weren’t many to go around in the 23rd-ranked Panthers’ 56-46 win over Seton Hall on Monday night.

Pitt shot a season-low 35 percent (16 of 46), turned it over 13 times and let the undermanned Pirates hang around for far too long. Yet it didn’t stop the surging Panthers (19-5, 7-4 Big East) from winning for the sixth time in seventh games to give their turnaround season another welcome shot of momentum.

“There’s not a lot of teams with 19 wins in the country, that’s first and foremost,” Dixon said. “You’ve got to find different ways. We’re not going to win every game the same way.”

Barely 48 hours after an emotional upset of Syracuse, Pitt slogged its way past Seton Hall by shutting down the Pirates over the game’s final 10 minutes.

Lamar Patterson scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and freshman center Steven Adams added eight points, 15 rebounds and two blocks for the Panthers, who survived on grit on a night they struggled to get into any sort of rhythm.

“When your shots aren’t falling, it does get frustrating, but it’s a good sign,” Patterson said. “We fought through some things and faced a little adversity. We’ve just got to get our legs back.”

Cameron Wright scored six of his eight points during a game-ending 18-8 surge that prevented Pitt from stubbing its toe after taking down the Orange.

“I just try to bring a lot of energy to the table, when I try to get an opportunity to score, I try to be aggressive,” Wright said.

Fuquan Edwin led the Pirates (13-10, 2-8) with 23 points but was slowed after injuring his right ankle midway through the second half. Seton Hall shot just 33 percent (14 of 42) from the field and made just two baskets over the final 10:37.

“I’m kind of proud of our guys and way able to shuffle around and do different things,” Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard said. “I thought other guys stepped up and kept fighting.”

Pitt finally found some breathing room midway through the second half after Seton Hall took a 39-38 lead. Patterson hit a layup off a nice feed from Adams to put the Panthers in front for good and Adams followed with a nifty spin move for a dunk.

The quickly developing 7-footer hung on the rim, however, and received a technical foul for his efforts.

SETON HALL (13-10): Mobley 0-5 1-2 1, Teague 1-4 0-0 2, Maayan 1-2 2-4 4, Karlis 2-4 2-2 6, Edwin 7-16 6-10 23, Smyth 0-3 2-2 2, Oliver 2-6 0-0 6, Johnson 1-2 0-0 2, Geramipoor 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 14-42 13-20 46.

PITTSBURGH (19-5): Patterson 4-9 2-3 12, Zanna 1-6 1-2 3, Adams 2-5 4-5 8, Robinson 0-3 2-4 2, Woodall 3-9 4-4 11, Wright 2-4 4-6 8, Johnson 1-2 1-3 4, Taylor 0-2 0-0 0, Zeigler 0-2 1-2 1, Moore 3-4 0-0 7. Totals 16-46 19-29 56.

Halftime-Tied 24-24. 3-Point Goals-Seton Hall 5-20 (Edwin 3-7, Oliver 2-5, Karlis 0-2, Mobley 0-3, Smyth 0-3), Pittsburgh 5-12 (Patterson 2-3, Moore 1-2, Johnson 1-2, Woodall 1-4, Robinson 0-1). Fouled Out-Oliver, Smyth. Rebounds-Seton Hall 28 (Teague 7), Pittsburgh 40 (Adams 15). Assists-Seton Hall 5 (Smyth 3), Pittsburgh 11 (Robinson 4). Total Fouls-Seton Hall 22, Pittsburgh 19. Technical-Adams. A-10,253.