Jan. 17, 2009
Pitt at Louisville, Freedom Hall, January 17, 2009
*Pitt lost its first game of the season. It drops to 16-1 overall and 4-1 in Big East play. The loss ended Pitt’s 16-game win streak which previously was tied for the nation’s longest with Clemson (16). The 16-game win streak concludes as the fifth longest in school history. The school record is 22 consecutive wins from Dec. 4, 1973-Feb. 20, 1974.
*Pitt’s 16-0 start to its season ranks as the third-best start in school history. The all-time best starts to a season and most consecutive victories to start a season include: 21-0 in 1927-28, 18-0 in 2003-04, 16-0 in 2008-09, 15-0 in 2005-06, 15-0 in 1915-16, 12-0 in 1929-30, 11-0 in 2007-08, 10-0 in 2006-07, 10-0 in 2004-05, 9-0 in 1987-88 and 9-0 in 2002-03.
*With his 10 rebounds, DeJuan Blair reached double figure rebounding for the 12th game on the year and 30th time in his career.
*Jermaine Dixon registered a new career-high of 19 points. He also set a career-high for 3-point field goals made (three) and tied a career-high for minutes played (31).
*Levance Fields finished with seven assists on the evening. He also now has 495 career assists. Fields is attempting to become just the sixth player in school history to surpass the 1,000-point and 500-assist milestones for a career. The other five players to achieve this are: Carl Krauser (2002-05), Brandin Knight (1999-2003), Jerry McCullough (1991-96), Sean Miller (1987-92) and Darelle Porter (1987-90).
*With his 14 points, Sam Young reached double-figure scoring for the 16th time in 17 games this year. He has now scored 10 or more points in 60 of his last 64 games played.
*Pitt committed a team season-highs of 20 turnovers and 26 personal fouls.
*Pitt shot 34.9 percent (22-63) in the contest, its second-lowest field goal percentage of the year. When Pitt shoots less than 40 percent, it is 3-1 on the year.
*Pitt was outrebounded for the second time this year. Louisville finished with 42 rebounds to Pitt’s 36.
*For the 12th consecutive contest, Pitt grabbed 10 or more offensive rebounds. The Panthers finished with 17 offensive rebounds for the game.
*Louisville was held to 69 points on the day. Pitt has now limited 16 of its 17 opponents to 70 points or less. Since Jamie Dixon became head coach, Pitt has held 153 of its 189 opponents under 70 points.