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Jan. 12, 2011

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No. 5 Pitt at No. 22 Georgetown, Verizon Center, January 12, 2011

No. 5 Pitt 72, No. 22 Georgetown 57


*Pitt won its sixth consecutive game and improved to 16-1 overall and 4-0 in the Big East after defeating No. 22 Georgetown. Georgetown entered the game ranked No. 3 nationally in the ratings percentage index rankings, while Pitt was No. 7.


*Pitt improved to 2-1 vs. ranked teams this year (defeated No. 22 Georgetown, No. 4 Connecticut and lost to No. 11 Tennessee). Pitt also improved to 2-0 on the road this year.


*Pitt is now off to a 4-0 start in Big East regular season play for a third consecutive season. Pitt has started a Big East regular season at 4-0 only seven times in school history. All seven occasions have occurred within the last 10 years. The best Big East regular season start in school history is 5-0, achieved three times (2002-03, 2006-07 and 2009-10). Pitt has never started a league regular season with a 6-0 record.


*Pitt has now won seven consecutive Big East regular season games dating back to last season. That streak ranks as the fifth longest all-time Big East regular season win streak. 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 15th road game in its last 21 contests away from home. With the win, Pitt improved to 48-30 in Big East road games combining the last 10 years.


*Pitt’s 17-point halftime lead (41-24) set a school record for largest halftime lead for a Big East road game. The previous record was a 15-point halftime lead at St. John’s on January 22, 1995 (55-40). The Panthers ended up winning that game 94-87.


*Pitt led by 17 points at halftime and by as many as 22 points in the game. In the first half alone, Pitt shot 58.3 percent (14-24), 62.5 percent (5-8) from 3-point range and 72.7 percent (8-11) from the free throw line.


*With the win, Pitt is now 7-4 all-time vs. the Hoyas at the Verizon Center. Since the 2001-02 season, Pitt has won six of its last eight games at the Verizon Center. It has now won 11 of the last 17 meetings in the series. Pitt now owns a 34-40 all-time record vs. Georgetown.


*For the first time this season, Pitt finished with fewer than 10 offensive rebounds. It finished with nine this evening. The national leader in offensive rebounding, Pitt has now grabbed 10 or more offensive rebounds in 16 of 17 games this year.


*With his 22 points, Ashton Gibbs surpassed the 20-point mark for the seventh time this year and 18th time in his career. He has now reached double figure scoring in 15 of 17 games this year. Gibbs, who scored 16 of his 22 points in the first half on 4-5 3-pointers, finished the game hitting 5-10 3-pointers. He has now made at least three or more 3-pointers in 33 career games.


*Gibbs now has scored 969 career points. He needs just 31 points to reach the 1,000-point mark for his career.


*Brad Wanamaker finished with 14 points on 5-10 shooting. He reached double figure scoring for the fifth consecutive game, 12th time this year and 40th time in his career. He now has 912 career points.


*Gilbert Brown finished with 12 points with a career-high eight free throws made. He finished 8-9 from the free throw line. Brown has now reached double figure scoring in three straight games and in six of the last seven games, 11th time on the year and 49th time in his career. Brown has now scored 860 career points.


*With his nine rebounds, Gary McGhee led the Panthers in rebounding for the ninth time this year. He also finished with eight points on 3-5 field goals.


*Travon Woodall finished with a superb day, accumulating a team-high five assists and no turnovers, six rebounds and five points in 20 minutes off the bench. The six rebounds represented a season-high for Woodall.

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