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Jan. 11, 2012

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Rutgers at Pitt, Petersen Events Center, January 11, 2012

Rutgers 62, Pitt 39

*With the loss, Pitt drops to 156-16 all-time in the Petersen Events Center and 65-13 in the venue against Big East opponents. Despite the loss, the Panthers have won 27 of their last 31 Big East home games.

*Pitt’s 39 points were the lowest point total that it has scored since the team put up 36 points in a victory against Rutgers in 1973. The team’s 39 points are the least the Panthers have scored in the Jamie Dixon era with the previous low coming in the 2007 Big East Tournament championship game against Georgetown when they scored 42. They are the lowest ever scored in a Big East regular season game.

*The Panthers fell to 0-4 in Big East play. The last time Pitt started off the Big East schedule with an 0-4 record was during the 1999-2000 season when it began 0-5.

*Despite coming into the game leading the nation in rebound margin (plus 13.3), the Panthers were outrebounded 51-35, their worst rebounding disparity all season (minus 16). Pitt’s 35 rebounds tied for its third lowest total of the season. Rutgers’ 51 rebounds are the most an opponent has recorded against the Panthers all season and the most ever in the Jamie Dixon era. The previous opponent high came Dec. 21, 2006 when Oklahoma State pulled down 47 rebounds.

*The Panthers’ 23-point loss marked the Panthers’ largest defeat in Petersen Events Center history. It was Pitt’s largest loss since it lost 80-55 at Dayton on Dec. 29, 2007.

*Pitt shot 21 percent (12-57) from field goal range, the lowest mark in the Jamie Dixon era. The previous low was set on March 10, 2007 when it shot 26.2 percent (16-61) in a 65-42 loss against Georgetown.

*The Panthers made the least amount of field goals in the Jamie Dixon era with 12. The previous low came on March 19, 2004 in a 53-44 win against Central Florida when the Panthers made 13.

*J.J. Moore led the Panthers in scoring with 10 points. The game marked Moore’s eighth career and fourth double figure scoring game this season.

*Isaiah Epps recorded a career-high four assists. His previous high came against VMI on Dec. 6, 2011 when he had three.

*Pitt committed more turnovers (15) than assists (9) for the third straight game and the seventh time this season.

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