COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Jamel Artis scored 15 of his 22 points in the decisive first half, and Pittsburgh held off previously unbeaten Maryland 73-59 Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The Panthers (6-1) shot 67 percent from the floor before halftime, including 5 for 10 beyond the arc, and used a 25-4 run to turn a 16-15 deficit into a 40-20 lead.
It was 51-26 with 15:45 remaining before Maryland (7-1) closed to 63-55 with three minutes left. But the Terrapins could not complete the comeback.
Coming off two come-from-behind wins in the Barclays Center Classic, Maryland was vying for its first 8-0 start in 10 years.
Michael Young scored 25 and Cameron Johnson added 11 for Pittsburgh, which extended its winning streak to four.
Melo Trimble led Maryland with 13 points while Anthony Cowan and Michal Cekovsky added 11 and 10, respectively. Kevin Huerter paced the Terps on the boards with 9.
“Give Pitt a lot of credit, Pitt was great. They are a big, strong, physical team...a veteran team,' head coach Mark Turgeon said. "We let our offense affect our defense in the first half. Young and Artis were great and Johnson had a great first half. Our kids kept battling. They were making shots, we weren’t. We cut a 25-point lead to eight and could’ve cut it to six with three minutes to go. It shows that we still have a lot of fight in us. This just wasn’t our night."
The Terps return to action on Saturday with a 9 p.m. contest against Oklahoma State at XFINITY Center on the Big Ten Network.