PITTSBURGH—Pittsburgh freshman guard James Robinson spent the first half futilely chasing Detroit's Ray McCallum all over the Petersen Events Center floor.

Once Robinson decided it was time for McCallum and the Titans to do the chasing, Detroit simply couldn't keep up.

Robinson and Talib Zanna combined for 14 points during a game-turning second-half run as the Panthers rallied past the Titans 74-61 on Saturday night.

"It's kind of easy for me when I have a lot of other great players on the court," Robinson said. "I kind of rely on them a lot. They kind of keep me calm out there."

Funny, sometimes it looks like it's the other way around. The 18-year-old plays with a composure that belies his age, and when the Panthers needed him, he provided a number of big shots as Pitt (7-1) won its third straight.

"He's mature beyond a freshman," Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said. "We're fortunate. He's got great feel, great patience and he's unselfish and he passes it on throughout his teammates."

Robinson scored nine of his 11 points in the second half and added six points and four rebounds for Pitt. Zanna led the Panthers with 16 points and Tray Woodall added 14 points and three assists as the Panthers recovered from a 13-point, first-half deficit to win going away.

Lamar Patterson scored 12 points to go with seven assists and five rebounds for the Panthers.

"I think we all just came together and locked in and got stops and get our transition baskets," Woodall said. "It was just consistently getting stops."

Pitt needed those stops after Detroit (2-4) took a 13-point lead in the first half. The Titans confused the Panthers with a zone defense that made Pitt appear lost at times and rode the McCallum's hot shooting at the other end of the floor to put the Panther on their heels.

McCallum scored 17 of his 24 points in the first half, but found the going much tougher in the second half while getting constant attention from a series of defenders, including reserve Cameron Wright. The sophomore came off the bench to start the second half after Woodall picked up three first-half fouls and used his 6-foot-4 wingspan to disrupt McCallum's rhythm.

"They kind of wore him down a little bit," Detroit coach Ray McCallum Sr. said. "It was tough for us to find other guys to score. But credit (Pitt's) team defense."

Evan Bruinsma scored 14 points off the bench for the Titans and Jason Calliste added 12, but Detroit shot just 32 percent (9 of 28) in the final 20 minutes to drop its third straight.

The Titans are no mid-major pushover. The defending Horizon League champions have one of the best guards in the country in McCallum and were hardly intimidated by the venue. Detroit came in winless in its two previous games against power conference schools, but both were competitive losses to St. John's and Miami (Fla.)

McCallum and company were more than just competitive in one of the tougher places to play in the country. McCallum airballed his first shot, but quickly heated up no matter who the Panthers put on him. Robinson—Pitt's best defender—got the first crack, but McCallum kept calmly draining 3-pointers as Detroit went on a 20-4 surge to take command.

The Panthers have struggled against zones during the season's first month and looked lost after the Titans switched out of man-to-man early. Only Woodall seemed interested in being aggressive, and he kept Pitt close until picking up his third foul with 1:29 to go before the half when he bumped into McCallum as Detroit took a 37-29 lead at the break.

It wouldn't hold up, however, as Pitt put together perhaps its most complete half of the season against a quality opponent.

It was a significant step forward for the Panthers, who have struggled at times this season when Woodall isn't creating. Yet they did some of their best work with their senior captain either on the bench or taking on a secondary role. 

Woodall did give Pitt its first lead of the second half with a 3-pointer that put the Panthers up 42-41. The teams traded baskets for the next couple of minutes before Robinson put Pitt ahead for good on a runner that made it 51-49 with 7:40 to play.

Zanna added two free throws then followed with a dunk off an assist from Patterson before Robinson hit a step-back jumper to make it 57-49. Detroit's Nick Minnerath stopped the surge with a jumper of his own, but it hardly mattered. Robinson knocked down a 3-pointer on Pitt's next trip and Zanna ended the run with a tough layup in traffic to send the Panthers into their annual meeting with crosstown rival Duquesne on Wednesday on a high.

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