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Feb. 3, 2010

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No. 22 Pitt at No. 6 West Virginia, WVU Coliseum, February 3, 2010

No. 6 West Virginia 70, No. 22 Pitt 51


*The loss drops Pitt to 16-6 overall and 6-4 in the Big East Conference. It still remains in a tie for fourth place in the Big East standings with Georgetown (6-4). West Virginia improves to 18-3 overall and 7-2 in the league. Pitt hosts Seton Hall on Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. on ESPN Regional/FSN Pittsburgh. Pitt will then play its final non-conference game on Monday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Petersen Events Center. That contest will be televised by ESPN Regional and broadcast locally on FSN Pittsburgh.


*Pitt now drops to 4-3 on the road this season with wins at Duquesne, Syracuse, Cincinnati and Connecticut. With a 3-3 Big East road record, Pitt has now claimed 11 of its last 16 road games. Over the last nine years, Pitt has proved to be the Big East’s winningest team on the road as it has accumulated a 44-29 record.


*Pitt dropped to 8-24 all-time at WVU Coliseum. Jamie Dixon is now 3-4 in games played at WVU Coliseum. He owns the Pitt school record for most coaching victories at WVU Coliseum with three. Pitt has now claimed five of the last nine games played against West Virginia at WVU Coliseum and 12 of the series’ last 18 matchups. Pitt is now 84-95 all-time vs. West Virginia. Jamie Dixon drops to 8-6 all-time vs. West Virginia.


*For only the fourth time in the 179-game series, both teams entered the contest with national rankings.


*Pitt dropped to 6-5 under Jamie Dixon when playing a top-10 ranked opponent on the road.


*Jermaine Dixon started and played 34 minutes in the game. He scored 13 points and reached double figure scoring for the sixth time on the year and 22nd time in his career.


*Ashton Gibbs concluded the game with 11 points, his 27th career and 19th season double figure scoring game.


*Gibbs hit his first five free throws of the night and concluded his free throw shooting streak at 31 consecutive free throws made. The streak was stopped short of the Big East school record of 40 set by Sean Miller in 1990-91. The 31 consecutive free throws made ranks as the fifth all-time longest consecutive free throw shooting streak in school history. Earlier this year, Gibbs set the school record by converting 46 straight free throws. He entered the game ranked No. 2 nationally and first in the Big East in free throw shooting with a 94.6 percent average.


*J.J. Richardson played a career-high 14 minutes off the bench. He set or tied career-highs for points (7), field goals made and attempted (3-3), free throws made and attempted (1-3), rebounds (three offensive/one defensive). Prior to this evening, Richardson had played in 11 games and a total of 37 minutes on the year.


*Gary McGhee set career-highs for offensive rebounds (7) and field goals attempted (11). He finished with nine points and nine rebounds in 21 minutes.


*Pitt shot a season-low 30.2 percent (16-53). Its 51 points marked its second lowest scoring output of the year. Pitt also shot 20 percent from 3-point range, its second lowest total on the year.


*The two teams combined for 37 fouls (19-Pitt, 18-WVU).

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