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Jan. 5, 2011

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No. 5 Pitt at Providence, Dunkin Donuts Center, January 4, 2011

No. 5 Pitt 83, Providence 79


*Pitt improved to 14-1 overall and 2-0 in the Big East after defeating Providence.


*Pitt is now off to its third consecutive 2-0 start to Big East play.


*Pitt has now won five consecutive Big East regular season games dating back to last season. That streak ranks tied for eighth among the school’s all-time Big East regular season win streaks. The record is 12 consecutive wins from Feb. 2, 2002-Jan. 25, 2003.


*On the road, Pitt has proved to be the Big East’s winningest program as it won its 14th road game in its last 20 contests away from home. With the win, Pitt improved to 47-30 in Big East road games combining the last 10 years.


*Pitt won its 10th game in its last 11 meetings vs. Providence. Pitt is now 29-17 all-time vs. Providence and 9-13 vs. the Friars in Rhode Island. Pitt has also claimed three of its last four games at the Dunkin Donuts Center.


*Jamie Dixon improved to 8-1 in his career vs. Providence.


*Pitt committed a season-high 23 turnovers. The 23 turnovers ranked tied for the third highest total in the Jamie Dixon Era. The record is 25 turnovers vs. Howard on Nov. 20, 2004. Pitt entered the game leading the nation in team assist:turnover ratio. Providence scored 25 of its 79 points off Pitt turnovers.


*Providence finished the game with 14 steals. That mark set a Jamie Dixon Era opponent record for steals. The previous opponent game high was 12 steals two different times: vs. Ohio (Dec. 22, 2009) and vs. Georgetown, Ky. (Dec. 15, 2003).


*With its 10 offensive rebounds, Pitt grabbed 10 or more offensive rebounds for the 15th consecutive game this year.


*Pitt closed the game out with nine consecutive free throws made (9-9).


*Pitt hit 10 3-pointers in the game including eight in the first half alone. The 10 3-pointers ranked as the second highest output this year for the Panthers.


*Pitt’s 3-point percentage of 52.6 percent (10-19) marked a team season-high for the Panthers.


*A Travon Woodall 3-pointer gave the Panthers a 77-76 lead with 39 seconds to play. He scored seven points (4-4 free throws) in the game’s last 39 seconds and finished with nine points. Prior to that shot, Woodall was 0-5 from the floor with four turnovers in the game.


*Gary McGhee scored all 13 of his points in the second half. He also finished with a team-high nine rebounds. His 13-point game marked his fourth double figure scoring game of the year and 13th of his career. In his last two games, McGhee has averaged 12.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.


*Gilbert Brown scored 17 of his team-high 19 points in the first half. Brown hit a career-high five 3-pointers in the first half alone. His six 3-point attempts also represented a career-high. Brown totaled his 37th career and ninth season double figure scoring game.


*Nasir Robinson made his second consecutive start. He finished with 11 points and three rebounds in 29 minutes. The double figure scoring game marked his second consecutive, third of the season and 12th of his career.


*Brad Wanamaker finished with 10 points, five assists and five rebounds. It was his third consecutive double figure scoring game, 10th of the season and 38th of his career.


*Ashton Gibbs was held under 10 points for only the second game this year. He hit three 3-pointers in the game and has now hit three or more 3-pointers in 31 career games.

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