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Wright, Patterson shine in Blue-Gold scrimmage

Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - Pitt's Josh Newkirk drives past James Robinson during the Blue and Gold scrimmage on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Petersen Events Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>Pitt's Josh Newkirk drives past James Robinson during the Blue and Gold scrimmage on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Petersen Events Center.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - Pitt's Cameron Wright drives past Talib Zanna and Chris Jones (right) during the Blue and Gold scrimmage on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Petersen Events Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>Pitt's Cameron Wright drives past Talib Zanna and Chris Jones (right) during the Blue and Gold scrimmage on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Petersen Events Center.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - Pitt's Cameron Wright scores past Durand johnson during the Blue and Gold scrimmage on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Petersen Events Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>Pitt's Cameron Wright scores past Durand johnson during the Blue and Gold scrimmage on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Petersen Events Center.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - Pitt's James Robinson scores past Lamar Patterson during the Blue and Gold scrimmage on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Petersen Events Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>Pitt's James Robinson scores past Lamar Patterson during the Blue and Gold scrimmage on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Petersen Events Center.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - Pitt's Lamar Patterson scores over Jamel Artis during the Blue and Gold scrimmage on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Petersen Events Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>Pitt's Lamar Patterson scores over Jamel Artis during the Blue and Gold scrimmage on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Petersen Events Center.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - Pitt's Cameron Wright shoots over Chris Jones during the Blue and Gold scrimmage on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Petersen Events Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>Pitt's Cameron Wright shoots over Chris Jones during the Blue and Gold scrimmage on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Petersen Events Center.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - Pitt's Durand Johnson scores past Michael Young during the Blue and Gold scrimmage on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Petersen Events Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>Pitt's Durand Johnson scores past Michael Young during the Blue and Gold scrimmage on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Petersen Events Center.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - Pitt's Cameron Wright tries to defend James Robinson during the Blue and Gold scrimmage on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Petersen Events Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>Pitt's Cameron Wright tries to defend James Robinson during the Blue and Gold scrimmage on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Petersen Events Center.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - Pitt's Talib Zanna (right) and Aron Nwankwo fight for a rebound during the Blue and Gold scrimmage on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Petersen Events Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>Pitt's Talib Zanna (right) and Aron Nwankwo fight for a rebound during the Blue and Gold scrimmage on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Petersen Events Center.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - Pitt's Michael Young (2) and Lamar Patterson stop Talib Zanna during the Blue and Gold scrimmage on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Petersen Events Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>Pitt's Michael Young (2) and Lamar Patterson stop Talib Zanna during the Blue and Gold scrimmage on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Petersen Events Center.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - Former Pitt basketball coach Ben Howland (left) talks with Pitt coach Jamie Dixon during the Blue and Gold scrimmage on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Petersen Events Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>Former Pitt basketball coach Ben Howland (left) talks with Pitt coach Jamie Dixon during the Blue and Gold scrimmage on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Petersen Events Center.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - Former Pitt basketball coach Ben Howland (left) talks with Pitt coach Jamie Dixon during the Blue and Gold scrimmage on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Petersen Events Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>Former Pitt basketball coach Ben Howland (left) talks with Pitt coach Jamie Dixon during the Blue and Gold scrimmage on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Petersen Events Center.

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Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, 9:39 p.m.
 

Pitt junior Cameron Wright and senior Lamar Patterson each scored 25 points to lead the Gold to a 74-67 win in the Blue-Gold scrimmage on Friday night at Petersen Events Center.

Wright, who averaged 4.3 points last season, is positioning himself to become the starting shooting guard. In the first Blue-Gold scrimmage Oct. 6, he led all scorers with 27 points, including the game-winning half-court shot at the buzzer.

“Every year we've had a guy that, all of a sudden, everybody says is a lot better player,” Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said. “He's in better shape. He's shot the ball with more arc. He's just playing really well. It's pretty evident he's going to have a really good year for us.”

Senior Talib Zanna had 19 points and a game-high 17 rebounds for the Blue.

Pitt hosts UC-San Diego in a exhibition game Oct. 25.

Notes: Satchel Pierce, a 7-foot, 250-pound center from Kiski School, attended the scrimmage. Pierce, making his first official visit, also is considering Marquette, Miami, Texas Tech, James Madison and Purdue. “He said he was going to take all five official visits, but you never know what's going to happen,” Kiski School coach Daryn Freedman said. “I was a college coach for nine years. Believe me, every time we had a kid on an official visit, we tried our darnedest to get a commitment before he left.” Pierce also is expected to attend Saturday's Pitt-Old Dominion football game at Heinz Field. “As of right now, it's just a visit,” Freedman said. “Will he make a commitment (this weekend)? Who knows?” Sophomore center Joseph Uchebo (knee) and junior forward Derrick Randall (knee) were scratched.

— John Harris

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