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Jan. 30, 2011

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No. 2 Pitt 65, Rutgers 62, Louis Brown Athletic Center, Piscataway, N.J.

January 29, 2011


*Pitt won its 20th game on the year for the 10th consecutive season and 18th all-time 20-win season. Pitt also improved to 20-2 overall and 8-1 in the Big East after defeating Rutgers 65-62.


*Pitt’s 20-2 overall record ties for the third best start to a season after 22 games. Pitt was 21-1 in 1929-30 and 2003-04 and also began a season with a 20-2 record in 1973-74 and in 2008-09. Pitt won its first 20 consecutive games and finished 21-0 en route to the national championship in 1927-28.


*Pitt’s 8-1 Big East record marks its best all-time start to a league regular season. It is now in first place and has a 1.5 game lead on the rest of the Big East. Louisville is second with a 6-2 record.


*Pitt has now won 10 of its last 11 overall games and 11 of its last 12 Big East regular season games.


*Pitt won its fifth straight road game overall and improved to 4-0 in Big East road games this year. Pitt’s best-ever road record in Big East play is 6-2 in five different seasons. On the road, Pitt has proved to be the Big East’s winningest program as it won its 17th road game in its last 23 contests away from home. With the win, Pitt improved to 50-30 in Big East road games combining the last 10 years.


*Pitt’s five-game road win streak ranks tied for the eighth longest road win streak in school history. The longest-ever road win streak is 12 wins in 1927-28.


*Pitt defeated Rutgers at the Louis Brown Athletic Center for the sixth consecutive time. The Panthers improved to 23-23 in the 46-game series and 10-12 all-time in games played in Piscataway. Overall, Pitt has now won 12 of the previous 14 meetings. Dixon improved to 6-1 all-time vs. Rutgers.


*Jamie Dixon improved to 37-11 all-time after losing a game. Under Dixon, Pitt has lost back-to-back games only six times in his career. He has only lost three straight games only two times.


*Pitt’s senior class consisting of Gilbert Brown, Gary McGhee and Brad Wanamaker improved to 103-25 in their four-year career. The school record for most victories for a senior class is 112 set by the 2008-09 class consisting of Tyrell Biggs, Levance Fields and Sam Young.


*Pitt shot a season-low 35.6 percent (16-45) from the floor. Previously, Pitt’s season-low was 40.0 percent two different times: vs. Notre Dame and vs. American.


*Pitt shot 80.0 percent (28-35) from the free throw line. That mark ranks as the second best total this year. Pitt shot 84.2 percent from the line against Penn on November 27, 2010.


*Pitt grabbed 11 offensive rebounds on the day. The national leader in offensive rebounding, Pitt has now grabbed 10 or more offensive rebounds in 21 of its 22 games this year.


*Ashton Gibbs finished with a game-high and tied a season-high with 24 points. He also scored 24 points against Illinois-Chicago and Texas earlier in the year. The contest marked his eighth 20-plus point scoring game on the year. He has now scored 20 or more points in 19 career games. He finished 4-9 from 3-point range and has now hit three or more 3-pointers in 37 career games.


*Gary McGhee tied a career-high with 13 points. He has scored 13 points three times in his career, has reached double figure scoring nine games on the year and in 16 times in his career. McGhee also set career-highs for free throws made (5) and free throw attempts (10).


*Brad Wanamaker finished with nine points and three assists. He is quickly approaching the 1,000-point, 500-rebound and 400-assist barriers for his career. He currently has 966 points, 454 rebounds and 397 assists.


*Gilbert Brown scored nine points on the evening. He is approaching 1,000 career points and now has 916 for his career.

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