Panthers peel apart Orange zone, 80-75

Each of Pitt's starters knew what role he needed to fill.

Cameron Johnson, the 3-point specialist who struggled in the loss to Syracuse a month ago, prepared for the rematch Saturday by taking extra shots Friday night and even early Saturday morning. Michael Young was told he must be a physical presence in the post. The coaching staff urged Sheldon Jeter to be the energy guy on the glass. Chris Jones was determined to attack the basket. Jamel Artis, bum ankle and all, was to act as the facilitator for all of the above while keeping the opponent honest with sharp shooting.

Each played his part brilliantly.

The Panthers, led by Johnson's 22 points on six 3-pointers, demonstrated how far they have come in the past month, as they exacted their revenge against Syracuse, 80-75, in front of 10,216 at the Petersen Events Center.

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