Jan. 23, 2013
Pitt at Providence, Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Providence, R.I., January 22, 2013
Pitt 68, Providence 64
*Pitt registered a 68-64 win over Providence at Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Pitt improves to 16-4 overall and 4-3 in the Big East Conference. The Panthers are currently tied for fourth place in the league. Pitt is back in action on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Petersen Events Center against DePaul. Tipoff is at 4 p.m. on ESPN Regional/Root Sports.
*Pitt won its third consecutive game and was victorious in its fourth out of its last five contests.
*Pitt also improved to 3-1 on the road this year. It has now won three consecutive road games and has claimed 29 of its last 47 road games. Pitt owns one of the Big East’s top road records over the last 12 seasons (56-41).
*With the win, Pitt has now won four consecutive games vs. the Friars and has won 12 of its last 13 meetings against Providence. Pitt is now 31-17 all-time vs. Providence and is 10-13 in games played in Rhode Island. The game represented the final regular season contest between the two schools in a series that dates back to March 18, 1975. Pitt closes out its regular season series with Providence with a 30-16 record in league regular season games.
*Pitt led for the full 40 minutes, built its largest lead of 12 points (29-17) with 4:17 left in the first half and led by as many as 10 points with 2:24 to go. The Panthers held off a late Providence comeback for the victory.
*Pitt limited Providence to 64 points. Pitt has now held 19 of its first 20 opponents to 70 points or less. Since Jamie Dixon has become head coach, Pitt has held 125 of its last 161 Big East regular season opponents to 70 points or less.
*Pitt shot 51 percent (26-51) from the floor. It marked the eighth time this year that Pitt shot over 50 percent from the floor.
*All nine Pitt players who saw action in the contest scored in the game.
*Pitt’s bench outscored Providence’s 20-3. Pitt’s bench has outscored its opponents in 16 of 20 games this year.
*Lamar Patterson scored 11 of his team-high 17 points in the first half. He finished 7-10 from the floor with seven rebounds and three steals in 31 minutes played. Patterson reached double figure scoring for the 31st time in his career and 11th time this year. He has scored in double figures in three of Pitt’s last four games, including a 22-point performance vs. Marquette.
*Tray Woodall finished with eight assists on the evening. He now has 527 assists and needs just 28 more assists to pass Jerry McCullough (1991-96) for sixth place on Pitt’s all-time career assists list. Woodall is also attempting to become the ninth player in school history to accumulate 1,000 points and 500 assists in a career. He currently has 943 career points.
*Pitt finished with 10 steals on the evening. It marked the fifth time this year that the Panthers accumulated 10 or more steals.