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Feb. 6, 2010

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Seton Hall at No. 21 Pitt, February 6, 2010, Petersen Events Center

No. 21 Pitt 83, Seton Hall 58


*The 25-point victory was Pitt’s largest margin of victory in Big East play this season and tied its largest margin of victory this season (Pitt won by 25 points earlier this year vs. Binghamton: 71:46; vs. Ohio: 74-49). The Panthers have now won five Big East games by 10 or more points (vs. DePaul; at Syracuse; at Connecticut; at St. John’s) this season. It was also the Panthers’ largest win in Big East play since they defeated St. John’s 72-46 on Jan. 27, 2007.


*Pitt’s 83 points marked the highest scoring game of the year. Pitt has now scored more than 80 points three times this year (at Syracuse; vs. Louisville) and is 3-0 in those contests.


*With the win, Pitt coach Jamie Dixon improved his record in games following a loss to 34-11. The Panthers, who lost two straight entering the contest, have only dropped three straight games two times and back-to-back games only six times since Dixon became head coach.


*Pitt improved to 12-1 this year at the Petersen Events Center. It owns an all-time record in the Petersen Events Center of 127-11 and 53-10 in Big East games. The Panthers have won 33 of their last 34 home games.


*Pitt has also won 10 of its last 14 games and 14 of its last 19.


*Seton Hall managed just 58 points on the night. Pitt has now held 14 of its 23 opponents to 60 points or less and 17 of 23 opponents to 70 points or less. The Panthers have now held 80 of its 138 opponents at the Petersen Events Center to 60 points or less.


*Pitt and Seton Hall met for the second time this year, the previous meeting being a 64-61 loss on the road in Newark. The Panthers improved their record against the Pirates to 18-6 all-time and have won nine of their last 10 home matchups in the series. Pitt is now 30-20 all-time vs. Seton Hall.


*For the first time this season, Pitt had five players reach double-figures on the night (Gary McGhee, 12; Ashton Gibbs, 11; Brad Wanamaker, 13; Jermaine Dixon, 15; Gilbert Brown, 23).


*Pitt’s bench outscored Seton Hall, 32-16.


*Junior center Gary McGhee finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds, giving him his third career double-double. McGhee’s 12 points and 11 rebounds tied career-highs in both categories. It was his second time this season that he reached double-figures against a Big East opponent (scored 10 vs. St. John’s on Jan. 28).


*Gilbert Brown scored a game-high 23-points, giving him three 20-plus point efforts on the year. Brown now has 22 games in his career in which he’s reached double-digit scoring. He tied a career-high in field goals (nine) and set a career-high in field goal attempts (14).


*Senior guard Jermaine Dixon scored 15 points, giving him eight games this year with double-figure scoring. Dixon has reached double-figures in four of his last five games played.


*Junior guard Brad Wanamaker’s 13 points gave him his 15th double figure scoring game of the year and 20th of his career. Wanamaker has reached double-figure scoring in three of the last four games. Wanamaker also had a game-high seven assists against only one turnover, while adding a block and a steal.


*With his 11 points, Ashton Gibbs registered his 20th double figure scoring game of the year and 28th of his career.

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