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Jan. 8, 2011

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Marquette at No. 5 Pitt, Petersen Events Center, January 8, 2011
No. 5 Pitt 89, Marquette 81


*With the win, Pitt improved to 15-1 overall and 3-0 in the Big East. This is Pitt’s third straight 3-0 start to a Big East regular season. Pitt is also on a five-game win streak.

*The Panthers have now won six straight regular season Big East games, which ties them for the fourth-longest Big East regular season winning streak in school history. Pitt’s longest Big East regular season win streak is 12 set from Feb 2, 2002-Jan 25, 2003.

*Now in its ninth season in the Petersen Events Center, Pitt improved to 143-11. The Panthers have a 59-10 record against Big East opponents in the Petersen Events Center and are riding an 18-game home win streak.

*Pitt has won 49 of its last 50 home games, which is good for a 98-percent home winning percentage during that stretch.


*Pitt improved to 26-9 against schools that joined the Big East in 2005-06: Cincinnati 6-1, DePaul 6-0, Louisville 5-3, Marquette 6-4, USF 4-1.

*In the 14th meeting between the two programs, Pitt improved its all-time record against Marquette to 8-6 and now holds a 3-1 record against Marquette at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt has now won four consecutive games against Marquette and claimed five of the series’ last six games.


*Pitt’s 60.0 percent shooting day (30-50) marked its best shooting game of the year. Pitt also shot a season-best 55.6 percent (10-18) on 3-point field goals.

*With 11 offensive rebounds, Pitt has now grabbed 10 or more offensive rebounds in all 16 games this season. Pitt outrebounded Marquette 38-29.

*The Panthers assisted on 24 of their 30 field goals made on the day, with seven of 10 players registering at least one assist.

*For the second game in a row, Pitt hit 10 3-pointers, which ranks as the second-highest output on the year for the Panthers. For the second consecutive game, Pitt hit eight 3-pointers in the first half alone.

*Senior forward Gilbert Brown had 14 points and a game-high seven rebounds for the game while knocking down 6-6 free throw attempts and adding four assists. Brown has now reached double-figures in five of Pitt’s last six games after scoring in double-figures just five times in Pitt’s first 10 games. Brown’s seven rebounds tied a season-high. Over his last six games, Brown has hit 57.9 percent of his field goal attempts (33-57) and 62.5 percent (15-24) of its 3-point field goal attempts.

*For the third game in a row and the fourth game in his last five, senior center Gary McGhee reached double-figures. McGhee had 12 points, nine of which came in the second half, and was 5-5 shooting on the day. McGhee also added six rebounds and three blocks.

*Junior guard Ashton Gibbs led Pitt with 19 points, knocking down 5-8 3-pointers and adding five assists along the way. Gibbs has hit at least three 3-pointers in 12 games this season and has hit at least one 3-pointer in each game. Gibbs has now reached double-figure scoring in all but two games this year.

*Senior guard Brad Wanamaker finished the game with 15 points and a game-high six assists. Wanamaker has reached double-figure scoring in each of the last four games and five of the last six.

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