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Jan. 3, 2009

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Pitt at Georgetown, Verizon Center, January 3, 2009


*No. 3 ranked Pitt (14-0, 2-0 Big East) registered a 70-54 victory over Georgetown at the Verizon Center. The win should move Pitt into No. 2 in the national rankings on Monday. The last time Pitt was ranked No. 2 in the nation for two straight weeks in 2006-07. Pitt has never held the nation’s No. 1 ranking. Pitt began its Big East slate with two consecutive road games for the second straight year and improved to 2-0.


*Pitt improved to 14-0 for the third time in the last six seasons. Pitt’s all-time best starts to a season and most consecutive victories to start a season include: 21-0 in 1927-28, 18-0 in 2003-04, 15-0 in 2005-06, 15-0 in 1915-16, 14-0 in 2008-09, 12-0 in 1929-30, 11-0 in 2007-08, 10-0 in 2006-07, 10-0 in 2004-05, 9-0 in 1987-88 and 9-0 in 2002-03.


*Pitt won its 14th straight game. The 14-game winning streak ranks as the nation’s longest win streak. The 14-game win streak ranks as the seventh longest in school history.


*Pitt is one only five undefeated teams in NCAA Division I. The teams are: Pitt, North Carolina, Clemson, Wake Forest, Illinois State.


*With the win, Pitt snapped Georgetown’s 28-game home win streak.


*DeJuan Blair finished with 20 points and 17 rebounds. The game marked his ninth double-double of the season and 23rd of his career. He has now scored 20 or more points in three games this year and eight contests in his career. His 16 field goal attempts represented a career-high. He has now reached double figure scoring in 11 games this year and double figure rebounding in 10.


*Levance Fields became the 37th player in school history to go over 1,000 career points. Fields entered the game needing just four points to surpass the 1,000-point mark and scored his 1,000th with a tipin with 12:24 to go in the game. He also finished the contest with eight assists and no turnovers. He also now has 464 career assists. Fields is attempting to become just the sixth player in school history to surpass the 1,000-point and 500-assist milestones for a career. The other five players to achieve this are: Carl Krauser (2002-05), Brandin Knight (1999-2003), Jerry McCullough (1991-96), Sean Miller (1987-92) and Darelle Porter (1987-90).


*Sam Young finished the game with 14 points and eight rebounds. He has registered double figure scoring for the 10th straight game, 13 games on the year and in 57 of his last 61 games played.


*Tyrell Biggs finished with 14 points on 7-10 shooting in 34 minutes. The 14 points matched a season-high and the 34 minutes represented a career-high. The game marked his fifth double-figure scoring performance of the year and 15th of his career.


*Pitt entered the game ranked No. 1 nationally in RPI and No. 8 in strength of schedule, according to The win improved its standing.


*Pitt grabbed 20 offensive rebounds in the game. The contest marked the fourth time this season that Pitt has hauled in 20 or more offensive rebounds.


*Pitt outrebounded Georgetown 48-23, outscored the Hoyas 48-22 in the paint and had 24 second chance points to GU’s 12.


*Pitt defeated Georgetown for the third straight matchup. Last year, the Panthers defeated the Hoyas twice including a 74-65 win in 2008 Big East Tournament title game. The Panthers also snapped a two-game losing streak in games played vs. the Hoyas at the Verizon Center. Pitt improved to 33-39 all-time vs. Georgetown. Pitt also improved to 11-21 all-time in games played at Georgetown.


*Head Coach Jamie Dixon is in his sixth season as head coach at Pitt and now owns a 146-40 overall record.


*Georgetown was held to 54 points on the evening. Pitt has now limited 13 of their 14 opponents to 70 points or less. Since Jamie Dixon became head coach, Pitt has held 151 of its 186 opponents under 70 points.


*Jamie Dixon is moving up on Pitt’s all-time wins chart. He now needs two more victories to surpass Paul Evans (147 wins from 1986-94) for third on Pitt’s all-time wins list. Here is where he currently ranks:


Head Coach




H.C. Carlson, 1922-53




Robert Timmons, 1953-68




Paul Evans, 1986-94




Jamie Dixon, 2003-current




Dr. George Flint, 1911-21




Roy Chipman, 1980-86




Charles “Buzz” Ridl, 1968-75




Ben Howland, 1999-03




Tim Grgurich, 1975-80





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