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Panthers blow 19-point lead in loss to Wake Forest

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Kevin Stallings. — GETTY (File)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Pitt’s offense has switched from prolific to catastrophic in the second half of most of its 13 losses, and the problem was magnified with Michael Young on the bench Wednesday night.

Young — the ACC's leading scorer who helped the Panthers build a 19-point lead with his 17 first-half points — was forced to watch for nine minutes of the second half because of foul trouble, and the Panthers responded with one of their worst offensive performances of the season during a 63-59 loss to Wake Forest at LJVM Coliseum.

The Panthers have now lost five games, including four in ACC play, after leading by double figures and have shot worse than 35 percent in the second half of five of their losses. They have also had stretches of going scoreless for at least eight minutes in two of those losses.