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Jan. 25, 2012

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Providence at Pitt, Petersen Events Center, January 25, 2012

Pitt 86, Providence 74

*With the win, the Panthers improve to 157-17 in the Petersen Events Center and 66-14 against Big East opponents in the venue. Pitt has won 63 of its last 70 home games and 28 of its last 33 Big East Conference home games.

*The win marks Pitt’s first league victory of the season and improves the Panthers’ record to 12-9 overall and 1-7 in the Big East. The win is the Panthers’ first since Dec. 20, 2011 when they defeated St. Francis (Pa.) 71-47.

*Pitt’s 22:10 assist:turnover ratio (plus 12) was its third highest of the season and its first positive ratio since it had 22 assists and nine turnovers (plus 13) against Rider on Nov. 13, 2011. It’s also the fewest turnovers the Panthers have had since they had nine against Notre Dame on Dec. 27, 2011.

*Pitt won its 11th in the last 12 meetings against Providence. Pitt also improved to 7-0 vs. PC at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt is now 30-17 all-time vs. Providence.

*Ashton Gibbs led the Panthers in scoring with 22 points, surpassing Demetreus Gore for 13th place on Pitt’s all-time scoring list and giving him 1,557 points for his career. It was Gibbs’ seventh 20 point game of the season and the 30th of his career.

*Tray Woodall’s 17 points were the most he’s scored since he scored 17 in an 86-76 loss against Long Beach State on Nov. 16, 2011. It was his sixth double digit scoring game this season. He was a perfect 4-for-4 from three-point range.

*Nasir Robinson’s 14 points marked his 34th career double figure scoring game and his 13th this season.

*Lamar Patterson scored nine points and pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds. His previous career-high was 10 when he grabbed that many rebounds against Oklahoma State on Dec. 10, 2011. He also tied a career-high with three steals. He also had three steals on Dec. 20, 2011 against St. Francis, Pa.

*Providence’s Vincent Council’s 26 points were the second-most points Pitt’s allowed to an opposing player this season. Long Beach State’s Casper Ware scored 28 against the Panthers on Nov. 16, 2011.

*Pitt’s 86 points were the most it’s scored since it posted 97 points in a 97-70 win over VMI on Dec. 6, 2011.

*Ashton Gibbs, Tray Woodall, Lamar Patterson, Nasir Robinson and Talib Zanna started the game for the Panthers.

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