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Jan. 19, 2013

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Connecticut at Pitt, Petersen Events Center, January 19, 2012, Pittsburgh
Pitt 69, Connecticut 61

*In the 61st all-time meeting between the two schools, Pitt defeated UConn by a score of 69-61 on Saturday afternoon at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt improves to 15-4 on the season and 3-3 in the Big East, while Connecticut drops to 12-5 overall and 2-3 in league action.

*Pitt has now won two straight league games and recorded its first home conference win of the season. Pitt is 11-2 at the Petersen Events Center this year.

*Pitt improves to 175-21 (.892) all-time at the Petersen Events Center and is 70-18 (.795) against Big East opponents.

*Pitt led by 13 points at halftime. The 13-point halftime lead represented the largest league halftime advantage since it led by 15 points against Providence on January 25, 2012.

*Pitt improved to 6-1 and won its fourth straight contest vs. Connecticut at the Petersen Events Center. UConn still leads the all-time series 32-29 and Pitt is 13-11 all-time in home games vs. Connecticut.

*Three Panthers reached double-digit scoring in the contest, led by junior Lamar Patterson with 14 points. Tray Woodall added 13 and James Robinson had 12. Patterson led Pitt in scoring for the fourth time this season, while Woodall contributed a team-best six assists. It was the 10th time he has led the team in assists this season.

*Nine Pitt players in total found the scoring column to help the Panthers outscore the Huskies 20-10 off the bench. Pitt also held the rebounding advantage 38-27 led by Steven Adams with a game-high nine.

*Pitt shot 45.3 percent for the game (24-53), while UConn shot 44 percent overall (22-50). The Huskies shot 29.2 percent in the first half (7-24) and 57.7 percent in the second half (15-26). UConn’s poor first half shooting led to a 13 point halftime lead for the Panthers (35-22).

*UConn’s Ryan Boatright scored a game-high 20 points, while Omar Calhoun was the only other Huskies player in double-figures with 14 points.

*Along with his 14 points, Patterson added five assists, three steals, one block and one rebound without committing a turnover.

*Dante Taylor finished with six points and seven rebounds, five of which came on the offensive glass. Taylor helped the Panthers grab 15 total offensive rebounds. Taylor’s biggest basket of the game came with 58.4 seconds to go as he hit an elbow jumper to give Pitt a six point lead at 65-59.

*Pitt narrowed UConn’s all-time series advantage to 32-29 with the victory this afternoon. The Panthers are now 13-11 against UConn at home.

*Pitt hits the road for its next game which comes at Providence on Tuesday, January 22. The game is scheduled to tip at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. Pitt is 2-1 on the road this season in conference play.

*Today’s attendance of 12,510 represented the second largest crowd of the 2012-13 season.

*Former Pitt players Ashton Gibbs and Nasir Robinson were in attendance and were recognized on the videoboard.

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