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Feb. 5, 2011

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No. 4 Pitt 71, Cincinnati 59, Petersen Events Center

February 5, 2011


*Pitt won its 21st game on the year, improving to 21-2 overall and 9-1 in the Big East with the win. Pitt now needs one more win to reach 10 Big East victories for the 10th consecutive season. Pitt is the only Big East school to win 20 overall games and 10 league games in each of the last nine seasons. The league record is 11 consecutive 10-win Big East regular seasons set by Syracuse from 1985-96. In addition, Pitt is one of only three programs nationally to win 20 overall games, 10 league games and advance to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last nine years. Pitt, Kansas and Gonzaga have achieved that distinction.


*Pitt’s 9-1 Big East record marks its best all-time start to a league regular season. Pitt also began a Big East regular season with a 9-1 record in 2006-07. The Panthers remain in first place.


*Pitt has now won 11 of its last 12 overall games and 12 of its last 13 Big East regular season games.

*Pitt improved its all-time Petersen Events Center record to 146-12 and has won 52 of its last 54 games at home. Pitt is now 62-11 vs. Big East opponents at the Petersen Events Center and 14-1 at home this year. It has also won 21 of its last 22 home games.

*Pitt’s senior class consisting of Gilbert Brown, Gary McGhee and Brad Wanamaker improved to 104-25 in their four-year career. The school record for most victories for a senior class is 113 set by the 2008-09 class consisting of Tyrell Biggs, Levance Fields and Sam Young.


*Pitt avoided losing its second consecutive game at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt has only lost two consecutive games at the Petersen Events Center only two times in the nine-year, 158-game tenure. Pitt lost back-to-back game two times, both in 2004-05.


*Pitt held Cincinnati to 59 points. This year, Pitt has held 12 of its 23 opponents to 60 points or less and 19 of its 23 opponents to 70 points or less. At the Petersen Events Center, Pitt has now held 91 of 158 opponents to 60 points. In the last 12 years, Pitt is 158-6 when holding an opponent to 60 points or less.


*Pitt won its fifth consecutive game against Cincinnati. Pitt also improved to 8-7 all-time vs. the Bearcats and 4-0 vs. UC at the Petersen Events Center.


*Pitt grabbed 14 offensive rebounds on the day. The national leader in offensive rebounding, Pitt has now grabbed 10 or more offensive rebounds in 22 of its 23 games this year. Pitt was outrebounded for just the fourth time on the year.


*Pitt gave up 23 offensive rebounds on the evening. The 23 offensive rebounds were the most by an opponent in the last 10 years. Only one opponent grabbed more than 20 offensive rebounds against a Jamie Dixon-coached team, Connecticut (20) on March 13, 2004 in the Big East Championship game.


*For the second consecutive game, Ashton Gibbs led Pitt in scoring with 25 points. Gibbs’ 25 points also set a season-high and tied a career-high (two other times, vs. Providence on 3/4/10 and vs. Indiana on 12/8/09).The contest marked his second consecutive and ninth 20-plus point scoring game on the year. He has now scored 20 or more points in 20 career games. He finished 5-5 from 3-point range and has now hit three or more 3-pointers in 38 career games. His five 3-pointers tied a season-high.


*Brad Wanamaker finished the game with three assists, giving him 400 for his career. He is also quickly approaching the 1,000-point, 500-rebound, 400-assist mark, as he currently has 974 points, 461 rebounds and 400 assists in his career. Only one other player in school history has achieved that distinction: Carl Krauser. Wanamaker is attempting to become only the eighth player in school history to record over 1,000 points and 400 assists in a career.


*Gilbert Brown scored 11 points on the evening. He is approaching 1,000 career points and now has 927 for his career.


*Lamar Patterson did not play in the game due to a one-game suspension. Dante Taylor also did not see action.

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