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Jan. 22, 2011

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No. 5 Pitt 80, DePaul 50, AllState Arena, Chicago, Ill., January 22, 2011


*Pitt won its ninth consecutive game and improved to 19-1 overall and 7-0 in the Big East after defeating DePaul by 30 points.


*The 30-point margin of victory marked Pitt’s largest Big East road win in school history. The previous record was a 27-point win at Providence on March 2, 2004, an 88-61 win.


*Pitt’s 19-1 overall record for the second best start to a season after 20 games. Pitt also began a season with a 19-1 record in 1929-30, 1973-74 and 2003-04. Pitt won its first 20 consecutive games and finished 21-0 en route to the national championship in 1927-28.


*Pitt’s 7-0 Big East record marks its best all-time start to a league regular season. Previously, the best Big East regular season start in school history is 5-0, achieved three times (2002-03, 2006-07 and 2009-10).


*Pitt has now won 10 consecutive Big East regular season games dating back to last season. The current streak ranks tied for the second longest all-time Big East regular season win streak. Pitt also won 10 straight Big East games from Feb. 18, 2003-Jan. 17, 2004. The record is 12 consecutive wins from Feb. 2, 2002-Jan. 25, 2003.


*Pitt won its fourth straight road game. On the road, Pitt has proved to be the Big East’s winningest program as it won its 16th road game in its last 22 contests away from home. With the win, Pitt improved to 49-30 in Big East road games combining the last 10 years.


*Pitt’s 15-point halftime lead (38-23) ties for the second-largest halftime lead for a Big East road game in school history. Pitt set the record with a 17-point halftime lead just 10 days ago vs. Georgetown on Jan. 12, 2011. Previously, the record was a 15-point halftime lead at St. John’s on January 22, 1995 (55-40). The Panthers ended up winning that game 94-87.


*Pitt improved to 28-9 against schools that were added to the Big East in 2005-06: Cincinnati 6-1, DePaul 7-0, Louisville 5-3, Marquette 6-4, USF 4-1.


*Pitt won its seventh consecutive game in its series against DePaul. The win improved Pitt to 7-1 all-time vs. DePaul. Jamie Dixon is now a perfect 7-0 vs. DePaul.


*Pitt’s 30-point win was its all-time largest victory over DePaul.


*Pitt grabbed 15 offensive rebounds on the day. The national leader in offensive rebounding, Pitt has now grabbed 10 or more offensive rebounds in 19 of 20 games this year.


*With his 13 points, Ashton Gibbs became the 38th player in Pitt basketball history to surpass the 1,000-point mark for a career. Upon entering the game, Gibbs needed just 11 points to surpass the 1,000-point mark and now has 1,002 career points. It took Gibbs just three years and 89 games to reach the 1,000-point milestone. In addition to Gibbs, Brad Wanamaker and Gilbert Brown both have the opportunity to reach the milestone this year. Gibbs reached double figure scoring for the 17th time this year and 52nd time in his career. Gibbs has also hit three or more 3-point field goals in 35 career games.


*Gary McGhee finished with a career and game-high 15 rebounds on the day. His previous career-high for rebounds was 13 two different times. It marked his 17th career and eighth season double figure rebounding game.


*Gilbert Brown scored a game-high 17 points. Brown has now scored 10 or more points in 41 career games and in 13 on the year. He tied a career-high with four offensive rebounds.

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