Jan. 28, 2009
Pitt at Villanova, Wachovia Spectrum, January 28, 2009
*No. 3 Pitt and No. 21 Villanova met for the last collegiate basketball game at the Wachovia Spectrum. A near sellout crowd of 17,491 witnessed the game. A banner was raised in honor of the final contest.
*Pitt dropped to 3-2 on the road in the Big East and dropped to 4-2 in total road games on the year. Pitt is now 6-2 in the Big East and 18-2 overall.
*Pitt dropped a 10-point loss to Villanova. Since Jamie Dixon became head coach in 2003-04, Pitt has lost only 42 games. Of those 42 losses, only 10 have come by 10 points or more. Amazingly, Dixon has dropped 18 of his 42 losses by four points or less. In addition, Dixon owns a 27-9 record in games following a loss.
*Pitt’s 24 personal fouls ranked as the second most total this season. Pitt committed 26 turnovers against Louisville earlier in the year. Pitt was charged with 24 personal fouls to Villanova’s 14, a 10 foul margin. That represented Pitt’s largest foul differential of the season.
*Pitt went 0-10 from 3-point range in the second half and shot just 37.5 percent (9-24) in the second half overall.
*With his game-high 14 points, Sam Young reached double figure scoring for the 16th consecutive game, his 63rd time in his last 67 games played and for the 82nd time in his career. He finished with a season-high tying nine rebounds.
*With his 11 points, Levance Fields reached double figure scoring for the 13th game on the year and 59th game in his career. Fields (1,073 career points) moved past Chris McNeal (1,067 points from 1990-93) on Pitt’s all-time career scoring list.
*Jermaine Dixon set a career-high with six steals in the contest. The six steals rank 10th among the all-time performances in Pitt school history. Nine others hold the school record of seven. The six steals tie a team individual season-high. DeJuan Blair also registered six steals vs. St. John’s.
*For the second time in his career and season, Brad Wanamaker reached double figure scoring with 13 points on 6-7 shooting. The Philadelphia native set a career-high with six field goals made and tied a career-high with seven field goal attempts in his 19 minutes of action off the bench.
*Pitt and Villanova met for the 58th time in series history. Pitt dropped to 27-31 all-time vs. the Wildcats and 5-18 in games played in Philadelphia. The contest marked the second-ever matchup between Villanova and Pitt at the Spectrum. Pitt dropped a 75-72 decision against Villanova on Jan. 30, 1991.
*Pitt’s senior class of Tyrell Biggs, Levance Fields and Sam Young is one game shy of their 100th career victory. The trio dropped to 99-28 all-time at Pitt. They need just one more victory to become just the sixth four-year class in school history to win over 100 career games. The school record for most victories over a four-year period is 108 wins held by the 2004-05 senior class.
*Villanova was held to 67 points on the day. Pitt has now limited 19 of its 20 opponents to 70 points or less. Since Jamie Dixon became head coach, Pitt has held 157 of its 192 opponents under 70 points.