Feb. 7, 2009
Pitt at DePaul, Allstate Arena, February 7, 2009
*Pitt won its third straight game, improved to 21-2 overall and 8-2 in Big East play. Pitt hosts West Virginia on Monday at 7 p.m. ET. The contest will be broadcast live nationally on ESPN Big Monday with Sean McDonough, Bill Raftery and Jay Bilas making the call.
*Pitt improved to 5-2 in road games and 4-2 in Big East road games on the year. Under Jamie Dixon, Pitt is 27-15 all-time in Big East regular season road games.
*The 23-point win tied for Pitt's largest over a Big East opponent on the season. Pitt also registered a 23-point victory vs. St. John's on Jan. 11, 2009.
*With its win over Robert Morris, Pitt has now won 20 or more games in each of the last eight straight seasons. Pitt needs just two more victories to win 10-plus Big East regular season games. Pitt is the only Big East school to win over 20 overall games and 10-plus Big East games in each of the last seven seasons.
*Three Pitt players finished the game with double-doubles. DeJuan Blair finished with 32 points and 14 rebounds, Levance Fields dished out 16 assists and scored 13 points and Sam Young totaled 10 points and 10 rebounds.
*DeJuan Blair scored a career-high 32 points and pulled down 14 rebounds for his 15th double-double of the season. It was the first time Blair scored over 30 points in a game as he surpassed his previous career-high of 27 points vs. Indiana, Pa. on Nov. 22, 2008. Blair became the second player to score over 30 points this year (Sam Young scored 33 points vs. Belmont. The double-double marked Blair's 29th of his career. He has now reached double figure scoring in 43 career games and double figure rebounding in 34 career contests. He also set career-highs for field goals made (14) and field goal attempts (23).
*Levance Fields tied a school record with a career-high 16 assists today. Bob Shrewsbury also had 16 assists vs. South Carolina on February 14, 1976. Fields' double-double marked the fourth of his career. Fields reached double figure assists for the fifth time in his career. His previous career high for assists was 14 on two different occasions. In the last three games, Fields has 36 assists and only three turnovers. Fields improved to 73-14 all-time as a starter. He reached double figure scoring for the 16th time on the year and 62nd time in his career.
*With his 10 points and 10 rebounds, Sam Young registered his first double-double of the season. The performance marked his seventh career double-double. He also reached double figure rebounding for the first time on the season. Young has reached double figure scoring for the 65th time in his last 70 games played.
*With his 13 points, Brad Wanamaker reached double figure scoring for the third time in the last four games. Wanamaker also hit a career-high three 3-pointers.
*Pitt finished the game with 17 offensive rebounds. On the year Pitt has pulled down 10 or more offensive rebounds in 21 of 23 games this year. It has grabbed 10 or more offensive boards in each of the last 18 consecutive games.
*Pitt defeated DePaul for the fourth consecutive game. Pitt improved to 4-1 all-time vs. the Blue Demons and 4-0 vs. DePaul since the school joined the Big East Conference in 2005-06. Pitt is now 18-8 overall against schools that joined the Big East Conference in 2005-06: Cincinnati 4-1, DePaul 4-0, Louisville 4-3, Marquette 3-4, South Florida 3-0. The 23-point win over DePaul marked Pitt's largest win over the Blue Demons in series history.
*Pitt limited DePaul to 69 points on the evening. On the year, Pitt has now limited 20 of its 23 opponents to 70 points or less. Since Jamie Dixon became head coach, Pitt has held 158 of its 195 opponents under 70 points.