Lamar Patterson scored 17 points, leading Pittsburgh to a 68-64 victory over Providence on Tuesday night.
The Panthers (16-4, 4-3 Big East) never trailed the Friars (10-9, 2-5), but never led by more than 12.
Patterson made 7 of 10 shots from the field and also led the Panthers with seven rebounds.
J.J. Moore, Talib Zanna and Tray Woodall each scored nine points for the Panthers.
Bryce Cotton led the Friars with 24 points, shooting 4-for-9 from 3-point range. Kadeem Batts added 17 and led the team with nine rebounds.
Pittsburgh took an early 7-2 lead, fueled by five points and two blocks from center Steven Adams. Adams left with two fouls only 3 minutes into the game, however, and didn't return until the second half.
Providence's LaDontae Henton also picked up two early fouls.
Patterson stepped up in Adams' place down low, scoring 11 first-half points as Pittsburgh took a 34-27 lead.
Cotton, after not scoring until 7 minutes remained in the half, scored the Friars' last 13 p...