Jan. 24, 2010
No. 9 Pitt at Seton Hall, Prudential Center, January 24, 2010
Seton Hall 64, No. 9 Pitt 61
*The loss drops Pitt to 15-4 overall and 5-2 in the Big East Conference. Seton Hall improves to 12-6 overall and 3-4 in the Big East. The Panthers are back in action on Thursday at home against St. John’s. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.
*Pitt lost two consecutive games for only the seventh total time since Jamie Dixon took over as head coach. Pitt has lost three consecutive games only two times since the 2003-04 season. The last time Pitt lost back-to-back games in the Jamie Dixon Era was on Feb. 21-24, 2008 when it lost to both Notre Dame and Louisville.
*Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon drops to 32-10 all-time in games played after losing a contest.
*Pitt’s five-game road win streak came to an end. Upon entering the contest, Pitt now drops to 4-1 on the road this season with wins at Duquesne, Syracuse, Cincinnati and Connecticut. Pitt has now claimed 10 of its last 14 road games. The five game road streak concludes ranked tied for the eighth best road streak in school history.
*With its 20 turnovers, Pitt finished with its second highest turnover total on the season. Pitt committed 21 turnovers vs. Ohio on Dec. 22, 2009.
*Pitt shot just 35.3 percent (18-51) from the floor, its third worst field goal percentage on the year.
*Pitt hit 87.5 percent (21-24) of its free throws on the day. The 87.5 percent marked Pitt’s best free throw shooting day of the year.
*With his 23 points, Ashton Gibbs reached the 20-point scoring mark for the seventh time this year. He also reached double figure scoring for the 16th time in 19 games this year and for the 24th time in his career.
*Ashton Gibbs converted a career-high 14-14 free throws. His 14-14 performance tied a school record for best free throw percentage in a game matching Jerry McCullough’s perfect 15-15 game vs. Marshall on Dec. 5, 1992 and Brian Shorter’s 14-14 contest vs. Syracuse on Jan. 7, 1991. Earlier this year, Gibbs set Pitt’s school record for most consecutive free throws made by converted 46 straight free throws.
*Jermaine Dixon finished the day with 11 points, his sixth double figure scoring game on the year. It marked his 21st double figure scoring game of his career.
*Pitt limited Seton Hall to 64 points. Pitt has held its opponents to 70 or fewer points in 14 of its 19 games this year. Since Jamie Dixon became head coach, Pitt has held 79 of its last 107 Big East opponents to 70 points or less. Additionally, since Jamie Dixon became head coach, Pitt has limited 177 of its 227 opponents under 70 points. Pitt’s record is 178-49 during that span.
*Pitt dropped to 28-20 all-time in games played against Seton Hall. The Panthers dropped to 11-12 all-time in contests played against Seton Hall in New Jersey. Upon entering the game, the Panthers had won two straight contests vs. the Pirates played in Newark.