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Fired-up Artis dominates undefeated Terps, seeks respect for Panthers

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Justice Kithcart goes up for layin during the first half Tuesday. - GETTY

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — With a hometown crowd sitting in the stands, Jamel Artis sent a message Tuesday night, and he hopes it's only one of many in his final season at Pitt.

Playing with a "chip" against Maryland -- the school 40 minutes away from his hometown of Baltimore -- Artis was at the center of Pitt's defensive adjustment to slow one of the top players in the country, and his 22-point performance helped the Panthers down the undefeated Terrapins, 73-59, in front of 17,144 fans Tuesday night at the Xfinity Center.

The ACC-Big Ten Challenge win brought a sly smile to his face, basking in the emotions of a victory in front of a hostile crowd in Pitt's first true road game, yet it was only one checkmark on a to-do list that he hopes ends with proving the Panthers' preseason ranking in the ACC was unfounded.