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Jan. 4, 2010

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Pitt at Cincinnati, Fifth Third Arena, January 4, 2010

No. 23 Pitt 74, Cincinnati 71


*The win improves Pitt to 13-2 overall and 3-0 in the Big East Conference. Cincinnati drops to 10-4 overall and 2-1 in the Big East.


*Pitt won its sixth consecutive game and ninth contest in its last 10 tries. Pitt also won its second straight road game following its 82-72 win at Syracuse on Jan. 2.


*Pitt played its first game of the year with a No. 23 national ranking. Earlier in the day, Pitt was ranked No. 23 by the Associated Press and No. 26 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ poll. The last time Pitt was ranked was the final polls of the 2008-09 season.


*Pitt finished with it second lowest turnover total of the year (seven). Pitt finished with only six turnovers vs. Binghamton earlier this year.


*Sophomore guard Ashton Gibbs led all scorers with 19 points and has now reached double-figures in 13 of 15 games this season, including 10 games in a row. Gibbs was named the Big East Player of the Week for his efforts in Pitt’s last two games.


*Gibbs’ consecutive free throw shooting streak ended at 46 consecutive when he missed the front end of two shots with three seconds to go in the game. He hit his first nine attempts of the day. His school record 46 consecutive free throws made began at the 6:03 mark of the first half against Texas on November 24. He finished the day with career-highs for free throws made (10) and free throw attempts (11). The former school record was 34 consecutive free throws made by three players: Jason Matthews (1988-89), Sean Miller (1987-88) and Don Hennon (1957-58).


*Gilbert Brown scored a career and season-high 17 points on the evening, 13 of which came in the second half. Brown also set career-highs for field goals made (7) and field goal attempts (13). Brown reached double figure scoring for the second time this year and 18th time in his career.


*With his 10 points, Jermaine Dixon reached double figure scoring for the fourth consecutive game and fourth time this year. It was his 19th career double figure scoring game. He also surpassed career-highs for free throws made (7) and free throw attempts (8).


*Pitt’s two centers—Gary McGhee and Dante Taylor combined for 13 points (6-10 FG) and nine rebounds.


*Pitt defeated Cincinnati for the fourth consecutive game. The series is now deadlocked at 7-7 all-time.


*Pitt improved to 23-8 all-time vs. Big East Conference teams added in 2005-06. Pitt is now 6-1 vs. Cincinnati, 6-0 vs. DePaul, 4-3 vs. Louisville, 4-4 vs. Marquette and 3-0 vs. South Florida.

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