Hot-scoring night leaves Panthers feeling lukewarm

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Cameron Johnson surpassed his scoring average on a high-flying night. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

"If we don't stay locked in for 40 minutes now, we all know what awaits us."

That was Kevin Stallings sounding ominous after Pitt's rollicking 112-106 defeat of Marshall on Wednesday night at Petersen Events Center.

Forgive the Panthers' first-year coach if he couldn't revel in the fifth-largest offensive output in school history, an outburst that pushed his team to 11-2 and 8-0 at home.

With No. 24 Notre Dame paying a visit on Saturday to open ACC play, nearly squandering a 29-point second half lead against a frisky-yet-flawed mid-major doesn't qualify as a promising lead-in, even considering the Panthers' five-game win streak since losing to Duquesne.