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Panthers discover path to success, rout Omaha

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Justice Kithcart played 21 minutes Wednesday night. -- MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Standing on the perimeter and forcing the basketball through passing lanes failed.

Turnovers turned into transition points the other way and, before long, a first-half deficit to an opponent Pitt should have been crushing without remorse.

Michael Young had seen enough. As groans grew in the Petersen Events Center following his third turnover and the Panthers' sixth, their best player knew it was time to take the inside track. It was time to stop standing around. It was time to stop hoping for a play to develop and time to create one.

"We had to be aggressive," Young said after he and Jamel Artis did exactly that toward a 94-75  win over Nebraska-Omaha on Wednesday night. "I thought we were passive, just passing it around, lackadaisical passing. We had to be aggressive, drive the lanes, put them on their heels and get them to ease up that way."

Young had a game-high 24 points with 11 rebounds and Artis added 19, but this night was as much about the supporting cast as it was the dynamic duo. Ryan Luther, who had 11 points, and freshman point guard Justice Kithcart sparked the first-run to forge a 13-point halftime lead.

"It was a good night for our team," Kevin Stallings said, beaming after using 13 different players.

More important, it might have revealed the style Pitt must play to upset the balance of power in the ACC: They've got to get to the hoop. They've got to get there directly. And they've got to make it count once they do.