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Jan. 18, 2011

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No. 3 Syracuse at No. 4 Pitt, Petersen Events Center, January 17, 2011
No. 4 Pitt 74, No. 3 Syracuse 66


*Pitt won its eighth straight game and improved to 18-1 overall and 6-0 in Big East play.


*Pitt’s 6-0 Big East record marks its best league regular season start in school history. Pitt’ previous best start was 5-0 (2002-03; 2006-07; 2009-10; 2010-11).


*Pitt has now won nine straight Big East regular season games, which stands as the third-best streak in school history. Pitt’s all-time best winning streak in Big East regular season play is 12 (Feb. 2, 2002-Jan. 17, 2004). A win at DePaul on Saturday would tie the second-place number of 10.


*Tonight’s attendance of 12,925 set a school record for largest on-campus crowd to witness a basketball game in school history. The previous record was 12,920 vs. Villanova on Feb. 21, 2010.


*Pitt improved to 3-0 all-time in games featuring two top-5 teams inside the Petersen Events Center.


*Pitt moved to 9-0 all-time in the Petersen Events Center against teams ranked in the nation’s top-5. Pitt also improved to 14-3 all-time at the Petersen Events Center in games involving two ranked teams.


*Now in its ninth season in the Petersen Events Center, Pitt improved to 145-11 overall. The Panthers have a 61-10 record against Big East opponents in the Petersen Events Center.

*The Panthers have now defeated Syracuse in 13 of the last 16 games, including wins in each of the last five matchups. Pitt’s current five-game win streak is its longest win streak in the 99-game series between the teams. The Panthers have also won five straight against Syracuse at the Carrier Dome.


*The win gives Pitt a home winning streak of 20 consecutive games. The Panthers are 13-0 at home this season and have won 51 of their last 52 home games, the lone loss coming to Georgetown last January.


*Pitt entered the night leading the nation in rebound margin at plus-13.6 and hit its average right on the mark, outrebounding Syracuse 44-30. Pitt also pulled in 11 offensive rebounds, which gives it 10 or more offensive rebounds in 18 of 19 games.


*The first half of the game featured a string of runs. Pitt opened the game with a 19-0 stretch just to see Syracuse respond with a 17-0 run of its own. Pitt responded with a 7-0 run following that, and an Ashton Gibbs 3-pointer gave the Panthers a 31-27 lead at the half. Syracuse cut Pitt’s lead down to one in the second half, but a Talib Zanna block led to a dunk from Gilbert Brown, putting Pitt back up by three. The Panthers never trailed at any point during the game.


*Junior forward Nasir Robinson scored the first nine points of the game and finished with a season-high 21 points and seven rebounds. It was Robinson’s second-ever 20-point game, as he scored 26 points in a win against Louisville last season on Jan. 16.


*Junior guard Ashton Gibbs had 11 points on the night. He’s reached double-figure scoring in all but three games this season and is fast approaching 1,000 career points as he currently sits at 988.


*Senior guard Brad Wanamaker finished the game with 15 points, six assists, five rebounds, a block and a steal while only turning the ball over once.


*Senior forward Gilbert Brown had 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists on the night. Brown has reached double-figures in four of the last five games.


*Gary McGhee tied a career-high with 13 rebounds.

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