CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) – Lonnie Walker IV scored 16 points Wednesday, and Miami regrouped after blowing a 13-point second-half lead to hand the Pitt Panthers their school record-tying 10th consecutive loss, 69-57.
Walker scored on three consecutive possessions during a 7-0 run by the Hurricanes immediately after Pittsburgh had scored 14 consecutive points to go up 44-43. Pitt never led again.
The Panthers (8-15, 0-10 Atlantic Coast Conference), off to their worst conference start ever, matched the longest losing streak in program history. Pitt also lost 10 in a row in 1968-69 and 1992-93.
Pittsburgh has lost 14 consecutive ACC regular-season games since last season.
Miami (16-5, 5-4) won in its first game since losing guard Bruce Brown, who is expected to be sidelined for about six weeks with a left foot injury that will require surgery Thursday.
In Brown’s absence, freshman Chris Lykes played a season-high 33 minutes. He totaled 13 points and five assists. Anthony Lawrence added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Jared Wilson-Frame led Pitt with 17 points, including five 3-pointers, but was limited to 29 minutes because of foul trouble.
The Hurricanes, who were 16-point favorites, led 43-30 but then went nearly six minutes without a point as the Panthers rallied. Their lead lasted only 63 seconds, and Miami rebuilt its advantage to 11 points with five minutes left.
The Hurricanes scored on six consecutive possessions to go ahead 21-9, and that lead grew to 29-14. The margin was 34-25 at halftime.
The Hurricanes have won five in row against Pittsburgh, including both meetings this season. Miami improved to 8-1 at home this season.
Pitt attempted only three free throws, while Miami went 17 for 23.
Pittsburgh: The Panthers play the second of three consecutive road games Saturday at No. 19 North Carolina.
Miami: The Hurricanes play at Virginia Tech on Saturday.
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