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Maryland turned it over 13 times to just seven for Pittsburgh and shot just 35 percent (20 of 56) from the field.

“I thought we tried to guard the first half,” Turgeon said. “I don’t think defensively we were dialed in the second half. I think we let the score and missed jump shots affect us.”

A pair of free throws by Allen pulled the Terrapins within 40-37 early in the second half but Maryland would get no closer. Pitt moved the lead to 55-44 on a 3-pointer by Josh Newkirk and the Terrapins never got within single digits the rest of the way.

“I just kept thinking, let’s make a little run,” Turgeon said. “It didn’t happen.”

Not with the way the Panthers are playing. Save for an ugly hiccup in a one-point loss to Cincinnati last month, Pitt has been its usual dominant self. Only two of their 15 games have been decided by less than 10 points. It’s an encouraging start for a group featuring six new players, ones that are starting to gel as the meat of the schedule begins.

And for all of the Panthers’ defensive swagger, it’s their offense that has caught opponents off guard. Pitt finished with 18 assists on 29 field goals and outscored Maryland 36-22 in the paint and 12-4 on the fast break.

“It’s just something we’ve been working on all summer,” Patterson said. “All we did was run. It’s only right that we’re getting out and going and pushing the tempo a little bit.”