Durand Johnson caught the ball on the wing and rather than take an open shot, decided to dribble to the top of the key.
When a Maryland defender closed in, the freewheeling Pittsburgh sophomore swingman threw up a contested 3-pointer that splashed through the net.
Rather than peek over his shoulder at Jamie Dixon to see if he'd violated one of the coach's rules about shot selection, Johnson raced back down court to look for his man on defense.
Call it a mix of maturation by the ebullient Johnson and a bit of mellowing by Dixon, who has the Panthers soaring in their inaugural season in the ACC.
Pitt improved to 14-1 and 2-0 in its new league after a 20-point romp over the Terrapins on Monday, a victory fueled by Johnson - who scored a career-high 17 points - and key contributions from freshmen Michael Young, Jamel Artis and Josh Newkirk.
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