Jan. 28, 2010
St. John’s at No. 17 Pitt, Petersen Events Center, January 28, 2010
Pitt 63, St. John’s 53
*Pitt has now won nine of its last 11 games and 13 of its last 16.
*With the win, Pitt coach Jamie Dixon improved his record at Pitt to 33-10 following a loss. The Panthers have only lost back-to-back home games one time since the Petersen Events Center opened (Jan 2, 2005 vs. Bucknell and Jan. 5, 2005 vs. Georgetown).
*Pitt limited St. John’s to only 53 points and 32.8 percent (19-58) shooting from the floor. Pitt has now held 13 of its first 20 opponents on the season to 60 points or less. When holding opponents to 60 points or less, Pitt is 144-4 over the last nine years. Additionally, in games played at the Petersen Events Center, Pitt has held 79 of its 137 opponents to 60 points or less.
*Pitt has now won 32 of its last 33 home games and improved to 126-11 (92%) all-time against opponents in the Petersen Events Center. Pitt also improved to 51-10 vs. Big East opponents in the Petersen Events Center.
*Jamie Dixon improved his coaching record to 87-37 (70%) in Big East contests. Dixon has the best Big East winning percentage of any coach in Big East history.
*The Panthers shot an impressive 21-24 (87.5%) from the line, tying a season-high for free throw percentage in a game this season. Pitt also shot 21-24 during its last game, a 64-61 loss at Seton Hall. The Panthers improved to 16-1 this season during games in which it has attempted more free throws than its opponent.
*The game featured six lead changes and seven ties. Pitt went from shooting 29.6% from the field in the first half to 52.2% in the second half, while St. John’s shot 39.3% in the first half and 26.7% in the second half.
*Pitt and St. John’s met for the 53rd time in series history. While St. John’s now holds a 33-20 edge in the all-time series, the Panthers have won four in a row with their margin of victory averaging nearly 21 points. Pitt is also 5-0 against the Red Storm in the Petersen Events Center and has won six in a row at home against St. John’s.
*With his 16 points, Brad Wanamaker reached double figure scoring for the 13th time this year and 18th time in his career.
*Junior center Gary McGhee finished the game with 10 points on 5-7 shooting while adding three blocks. His five field goals tied a career-high. McGhee is now shooting an impressive 57-81 (70%) from the floor on the year. McGhee also reached double-figures for the first time in his career in Big East play. The last time McGhee reached double-figures was in a win against Duquesne on Dec. 2.
*Ashton Gibbs finished with 14 points. It was his 17th double figure scoring game of the year and 25th of the year. Gibbs now has another free throw made streak going as he has hit 24 in a row dating back to the second half of the Connecticut game, Jan. 13. Gibbs set the school record for consecutive free throws made with a streak of 46 earlier this year.
*Gilbert Brown tied or set career-highs for rebounds (8), assists (5), free throws made (7), free throw attempts (10). He also contributed nine points in 27 minutes.