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Pittsburgh builds early lead and never looks back in 80-65 win over Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh shot out to an early lead Saturday against Wake Forest and didn't look back as they notched their third straight Atlantic Coast Conference win by a score of 80-65.

Lamar Patterson led all scorers with 27 points, his sixth 20-point game of the season.

Talib Zanna anchored Pitt's frontcourt presence as he scored 16 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to earn his fifth double-double of the season alongside four blocks. Durand Johnson chipped in 11 points off the bench.

Pitt (15-1, 3-0 ACC) began the contest on a 8-1 run keyed by a pair of baskets from point guard James Robinson, and led by 20 points in the second half.

Wake Forest (11-5, 1-2) entered Saturday's game with four players averaging 10 points per game or more, but only Devin Thomas found his game with 17 points and nine boards before he fouled out in the second half.