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Jan. 14, 2010

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Pitt at Connecticut, XL Center, January 16, 2010

No. 16 Pitt 67, No. 15 Connecticut 57


*The win improves Pitt to 14-2 overall and 4-0 in the Big East Conference. Connecticut drops to 11-5 overall and 2-3 in the Big East. The Panthers are back in action on Saturday at home against Louisville. Tipoff is at noon.


*Pitt is now 4-0 in Big East play with three straight road wins. Pitt’s best-ever start in Big East play is a 5-0 record achieved in both 2002-03 and 2006-07.


*Pitt won its seventh consecutive game and 10th contest in its last 11 tries.


*Pitt won its third straight Big East regular season road game for the first time in school history. Since it joined the Big East in 1982, Pitt had attempted to win three straight 11 different times. Pitt defeated No. 15 Syracuse (82-72) on Jan. 2, Cincinnati (74-71) on Jan. 4 and now No. 15 Connecticut (67-57).


*Pitt won its fifth consecutive road game including four this season. Pitt has now claimed 10 of its last 13 road games. The five-game road win streaks ranks tied for the eighth best streak in school history. The school record is 11 set in 1927-28. The modern era record is six straight.


*The Pitt-Connecticut matchup featured the Big East’s top-two winningest programs over the last 10 years. Upon entering the game and since the 2001-02 season, Pitt owns a 233-58 overall and 99-36 league record while UConn is 218-67 overall and 98-38 in Big East play.


*Both Pitt and Connecticut entered the matchup ranked among the nation’s top-25 for the 10th in the last 11 meetings in the series.


*Pitt has now claimed four of its last five meetings with Connecticut. The Panthers are also 8-5 against UConn since March, 2003 and are 3-2 vs. the Huskies in the last five matchups played in Connecticut. The win improved Pitt to 27-30 all-time vs. Connecticut.


*Pitt improved to 5-0 since veterans Jermaine Dixon and Gilbert Brown returned to the floor on Dec. 22 vs. Ohio.


*Pitt limited Connecticut to 57 points. Pitt has now limited 12 of its 16 opponents to 60 points or less. In addition, combining the last five seasons, Pitt has limited 65 of its 85 Big East opponents to 70 points or less.


*Pitt shot a season-high 85 percent from the free throw line. The Panthers converted 17 of their 20 free throw attempts.


*Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon improves to 6-5 in games against Connecticut.


*Sophomore guard Ashton Gibbs scored 19 points and has now reached double-figures in 14 of 16 games this season, including 11 games in a row. He finished with three 3-pointers and has now hit at least one 3-pointer in 34 of 51 career games and in each of the last 15 contests.


*Junior Brad Wanamaker finished the game with 19 points on 5-10 shooting and 9-10 free throws. His 19 points marked his 11th double figure scoring game in 16 contests this year and the 16th of his career.


*With his 10 points, Gilbert Brown reached double figure scoring for the third time this year and 19th time in his career.


*Junior center Gary McGhee finished with eight points and nine rebounds in 28 minutes.


*ESPN Classic aired the 2002 Big East Championship Final pairing Pitt vs. Connecticut in double overtime. The team spent the majority of the afternoon watching assistant coach Brandin Knight play in that game.

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