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Feb. 2, 2013

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No. 6 Syracuse at Pitt, February 2, 2013, Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Pitt 65, No. 6 Syracuse 55

*Pitt improved to 12-2 at the Petersen Events Center this year. The Panthers moved to 177-21 (.892) all-time at the Petersen Events Center and is 72-18 (.800) against Big East opponents. Today's contest was the 198th played at the Petersen Events Center.

*Today's meeting with Syracuse was the 101st in the series. Head Coach Jamie Dixon improved to 10-3 versus the Orange as the Panthers have captured eight of the past 11 meetings in the series. SU leads the all-time series 62-39. Pitt improved to 6-1 all-time vs. Syracuse at the Petersen Events Center.

*With the win, Pitt improved to 13-1 all-time vs. top-10 ranked opponents at the Petersen Events Center.

*Pitt held Syracuse to 55 points, matching the Orange' fewest points this season (55-44 win at USF on Jan. 6).

*The 120 combined points in the contest were the fewest in the series since Feb. 29, 2004 - a 49-46 overtime win by Syracuse at the Petersen Events Center. The 55 points tallied by the Orange today are the fewest points against Pitt since that same contest. The 120 combined points are the fewest in regulation in the series (which dates back to 1914) since an earlier meeting that same season - a 66-45 Pitt win on Jan. 24, 2004 in the Carrier Dome.

*For the second time in the past three games, Pitt had 10 players find the scoring column. The Panthers have had 10 players score in a single game in six games this season and have had at least nine players account for at least a point in 15 games.

*Pitt outrebounded Syracuse by 15 boards (39-24).

*Pitt committed a season-high 20 turnovers. Pitt entered the game ranked among the nation's top statistical leaders in fewest turnovers per game.

*The Pitt bench posted a 31-3 advantage over SU's reserves.

*Pitt also won the rebounding battle, posting a 39-24 edge over SU. Junior Talib Zanna had a game-high 12 boards, his third double-digit rebounding effort this season and ninth in his career.

*The Panthers started the game, shooting 1-of-7 (14.3 percent) from the field. They closed the half on an 11-of-19 (.579) tear to take a 25-24 lead at intermission.

*Tray Woodall was the lone player in double figures for the Panthers with 13 points. The double-digit contest is the 39th of his career and 13th this season.

*Lamar Patterson led the team in assists with five - his fourth contest this season recording five or more assists. The Panthers had a commanding 19-5 edge in assists over the Orange.

*Cameron Wright hit two key free throws to help Pitt win the game. Wright entered the game shooting 0-4 in Big East regular season play this year.

*Pitt shot 48 percent for the game (24-of-50), despite a 20 percent showing (3-of-15) behind the arc. They have shot 43 percent or better from the field in each of the past five games and with today's mark raised its conference only field goal percentage mark to 45.1 percent.

*Pitt hosts Seton Hall on Monday, Feb. 4. The game is scheduled to tip at 9 p.m. on ESPNU.

*Today's attendance of 12,632 represented the largest crowd of the 2012-13 season.

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