Jan. 2, 2010
Pitt at Syracuse, Carrier Dome, January 2, 2010
Pitt 82, No. 5 Syracuse 72
*The win improves Pitt to 12-2 overall and 2-0 in the Big East Conference. Syracuse drops to 13-1 overall and 1-1 in the Big East.
*Pitt won its fifth consecutive game and seventh contest in its last eight tries.
*Pitt defeated Syracuse for the fourth consecutive game and claimed its fifth in the last six meetings against SU at the Carrier Dome. Pitt has now defeated Syracuse in 12 of its last 15 overall meetings with the Orange. Pitt improves to 37-61 all-time in the series and 14-33 all-time in games played in Syracuse.
*The matchup featured the Big East’s top scoring team in Syracuse vs. the league’s top defensive team in Pitt. Syracuse became only the third team this year to score over 70 points vs. the Panthers. The Orange were limited to 72 points, 16 below their season average of 87.7 points per game. Syracuse was also limited to 42.4 percent (28-66) field goal shooting. Pitt has now held 12 of its 14 opponents to sub-43 percent field goal shooting. Seven opponents have shot 40 percent or below against Pitt this year.
*Pitt scored a season-high 82 points in the victory. The last time Pitt scored as many points was in the 2008-09 season.
*Pitt’s Jamie Dixon improved to 8-2 all-time against nationally ranked top-5 teams. The contest marked Pitt’s second game this year against a top-5 nationally ranked team as it dropped a 78-62 loss to No. 3 ranked Texas on November 24, 2009. Dixon also improved to 28-24 all-time vs. top-25 ranked teams.
*The win gave Jamie Dixon his 175th career victory. He now ranks second on the all-time Pitt career wins list with 175. Dixon surpassed Bob Timmons, who won 174 games in a 15-year span from 1953-68. It took Dixon only seven seasons to win 175 victories. He now trails Pitt’s all-time career coaching leader H.C. Carlson, who went 367-247 in 31 years from 1922-53.
*Sophomore guard Ashton Gibbs led all scorers with 24 points and has now reached double-figures in 12 of 14 games this season, including nine games in a row. He surpassed the 20 point mark for the sixth time in his career. He also tied a career-high with six 3-pointers made, grabbed a career-high eight rebounds, hit 6-9 3-point attempts and converted 7-11 field goal attempts.
*With his perfect 4-4 performance, Ashton Gibbs set Pitt’s school record for most consecutive free throws made with 37. The streak began at the 6:03 mark of the first half against Texas on November 24. The former school record was 34 consecutive free throws made held by three players: Jason Matthews (1988-89), Sean Miller (1987-88) and Don Hennon (1957-58).
*With his 6-9 3-point performance, Gibbs has now hit at least one 3-pointer in 32 of his 49 career games played and in each of the 13 contests this year.
*In Pitt’s two Big East games this year, Gibbs has scored a total of 47 points (23 points vs. DePaul and now 24 points vs. Syracuse) for a 23.5 average. He is also averaging 7.5 rebounds per game, shooting 69.2 percent (9-13) from 3-point range, 63.6 percent (14-22) from the field and is a perfect 10-10 from the free throw line.
*Senior guard Jermaine Dixon made his fourth start of the season and finished with a career-high 21 points in a career/season-high 36 minutes. His double figure scoring contest marked the third of the year for Dixon and his 18th of his career. Dixon tied or set career-highs for field goals made (7), field goal attempts (16), 3-point field goals made (3), 3-point field goal attempts (8) and minutes (36).
*With his 12 points, Brad Wanamaker notched his 10th double figure scoring game of the year and 15th in his career. He set career-highs for free throws made (10) and free throw attempts (14).
*Dante Taylor finished the game with 10 points. It marked his third double figure scoring game on the year.
*Pitt shot 59.1 percent (13-22) in the second half after a 33.3 percent (10-30) showing in the first half.