Jan. 19, 2009
Syracuse at Pitt, Petersen Events Center, January 19, 2009
*Pitt entered the game with the nation’s consensus No. 4 ranking. Syracuse entered as the No. 8 team.
*Pitt won its 14th straight game at the Petersen Events Center. With the win, Pitt improved to 108-10 in its seventh year in the Petersen Events Center. Pitt also improved to 43-9 vs. Big East Conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center.
*With his 20 points and 12 rebounds (four offensive), DeJuan Blair totaled his 12th double-double of the year and 26th of his career. He has now reached double figure scoring in 14 games this year and double figure rebounding in 14. Blair also registered his 10th career 20-plus point scoring game.
*Sam Young led Pitt with 22 points. The game marked his 24th career 20-plus scoring game and 80th career double figure scoring game. He has now reached double figure scoring in 61 of his last 65 games played and has scored over 20 points in seven games on the year.
*With his six assists, Levance Fields became just the sixth player in school history to surpass the 1,000-point and 500-assist milestones for a career. He entered the game needing only five assists and finished with six, giving him 501 career assists. 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). Fields registered his 11th double figure scoring game on the year and 57th of his career.
*The two schools met for the 97th time in series history. Pitt won its sixth of the last seven and 11 of the last 14 meetings vs. Syracuse. The Panthers claimed their fourth straight win over Syracuse at home. Pitt also improved to 36-61 all-time and 22-24 in games played in Pittsburgh vs. Syracuse.
*Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon improved to 27-9 overall after a loss. He improved to 149-41 overall in his sixth year at Pitt.
*For the 13th consecutive contest, Pitt grabbed 10 or more offensive rebounds. The Panthers finished with 12 offensive rebounds for the game.
*Syracuse was held to 60 points on the day. Pitt has now limited 17 of its 18 opponents to 70 points or less. Since Jamie Dixon became head coach, Pitt has held 155 of its 190 opponents under 70 points.
*Ashton Gibbs celebrated his 19th birthday today.