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Post-Game Notes




Jan. 6, 2008

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PITT-VILLANOVA POST-GAME NOTES

 

*The game was Pitt's first Big East Conference contest of the season. For the first time since the 1995-96 season, Pitt opens Big East play on the road in consecutive games: at Villanova (Jan. 6) and at South Florida (Jan. 9).

 

*Jamie Dixon dropped to 117-32 overall and 45-20 in Big East play in his five-year head coaching career. Amazingly, Dixon has lost 16 of his 32 games by four points or less. In 149 career games, Dixon has only lost five games by more than 10 points. Dixon will coach in his 150th career game vs. South Florida on Wednesday.

 

*No. 13 ranked Pitt dropped its second game of the season and fell to 12-2 overall and 0-1 in Big East play.

 

*Freshman DeJuan Blair notched his sixth career double-double with 12 points and a game-high 15 rebounds in a career-high 37 minutes played. It also marked his seventh double figure scoring game and his sixth double figure rebounding game of the year.

 

*With his 16 points today, Sam Young reached double figure scoring for the 14th time this season and 42nd time in his career. He has now notched double figure scoring games in 22 of his last 25 games played.

 

*With his 15 points, Keith Benjamin reached double figure scoring for the second consecutive game. Over the last two games and two consecutive starts, Benjamin has scored 35 points (17.0 ppg.) while converting 13-18 of his field goal attempts. He has also hit 5-9 of his 3-point attempts. The 15 points marked his 11th career double figure scoring game.

 

*With his 10 points, Gilbert Brown reached double figure scoring for the second consecutive game and fourth time in his career. He made his third consecutive start for Pitt and played in a career-high 33 minutes. Brown also blocked a career-high three shots on the day.

 

*Pitt committed 22 turnovers on the day. That number marks the fourth highest turnover total of the Jamie Dixon Era (2003-current). Pitt committed 25 turnovers vs. Howard (Nov. 20, 2004), 24 vs. Seton Hall (Feb. 9, 2004) and 23 at Georgetown (Feb. 24, 2004).

 

*Pitt dropped to 2-2 on the road this season. The other loss came at Dayton. Pitt is now 10-5 on the road in each of its last two seasons (8-3 in 2006-07).

 

*Pitt dropped to 1-1 vs. nationally ranked teams on the season. It defeated No. 6 Duke 65-64 in overtime on December 20, 2007.

 

*Pitt dropped to 26-30 all-time vs. Villanova. Prior to today's game, the Panthers had won five of their last seven vs. the Wildcats. In games played at Villanova, Pitt is 6-16 all-time.

 

*Pitt dropped its sixth consecutive contest to Villanova at The Pavilion. The last time Pitt defeated Villanova at The Pavilion was on January 22, 1994, an 81-70 victory. Pitt is now 4-8 all-time vs. Villlanova at The Pavilion.

 

*The game marked the fifth one-point decision in the 66-game series. Pitt dropped to 3-2 in games decided by one point vs. Villanova.

 

*Pitt lost its first game this season when outrebounding its opponent. It fell to 10-1 on the year when outrebounding its opponent. Pitt outrebounded Villanova 43-31.

 

*Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon dropped to 3-3 all-time vs. Villanova.

 

*The one-point loss marked Pitt's second game this season decided by one point. Pitt defeated Washington 75-74 on December 8, 2007.