Feb. 9, 2009
West Virginia at Pitt, Petersen Events Center, February 9, 2009
*Pitt won its fourth straight contest, improved to 22-2 overall and 9-2 in Big East Conference play. Pitt has already won 20 or more games for the eighth straight season. Pitt is the only Big East school to win 20 overall games and 10-plus league games in each of the last seven seasons. Pitt needs just one more conference win to reach 10 league wins for the eighth straight season.
*Pitt entered the game ranked No. 4 in the Associated Press poll top-25 and No. 4 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches’ poll top-25. The rankings were announced earlier this afternoon.
*Pitt wore gold uniforms for the second time this year. Pitt broke out the golds for the first time in eight years when it defeated Duquesne 78-51 on Dec. 3, 2009. It improved to 2-0 this year when wearing gold uniforms. Prior to this season, Pitt last wore gold uniforms vs. Connecticut on January 8, 2000.
*Pitt has won 17 straight home games and carries a 111-10 all-time record (.917 winning percentage) in the Petersen Events Center. Pitt also has a 45-9 record vs. Big East opponents in the Petersen Events Center. Pitt improved to 15-0 at home this year.
*With his 20 points, Sam Young reached the 20-point mark for the 10th time on the year and 27th time in his career. He scored in double figures for the 22nd time in 24 contests and 85th time in his career. He has reached double figure scoring in 66 of his last 71 games played.
*Levance Fields finished with 13 points on the evening, his 17th double figure scoring contest of the year and 63rd of his career. In his last four games, Fields has 43 assists and just six turnovers for a 7.16 assist:turnover ratio. With his seven assists, Fields moved into fifth place on Pitt’s all-time career assists list. He surpassed Jerry McCullough (552 assists from 1991-96) and now has 553 for his career. Fields also moved into 26th place on Pitt’s all-time scoring list with 1128 points, surpassing Isaac Hawkins (1,127 points from 1996-2001).
*Brad Wanamaker hit two or more 3-pointers in a game for the fourth time this season. Over Pitt’s last five games played, Wanamaker has averaged 10.0 points per game and shot 60.7 percent (17-28) from the floor and 57.1 percent (8-14) from 3-point range.
*DeJuan Blair played only 16 minutes and committed four personal fouls. He finished with eight points and nine rebounds.
*Jamie Dixon improves to 8-4 all-time vs. West Virginia. Dixon improves to 154-42 all-time in his career. He has now coached in 196 career games. He will coach in his 200th career game at Providence on Feb. 24.
*Pitt and West Virginia met for the 177th time in series history and improved to 84-93 all-time vs. the Mountaineers. Pitt has now won six of the last seven overall matchups, has claimed 10 of the series’ last 11 matchups played in Pittsburgh since Feb. 29, 1996 and improved to 5-1 vs. WVU at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt also improved to 60-33 vs. WVU in games played in Pittsburgh. Pitt swept the two series games this year, both by double digits. Pitt claimed a 79-67 win over WVU in Morgantown on January 25, 2009.
*West Virginia was held to 59 points on the evening. Pitt has held 21 of its 24 opponents to 70 points or less. WVU becomes just the 11th team to score less than 60 points vs. Pitt. Since Jamie Dixon became head coach, Pitt has held 159 of its 196 opponents under 70 points. Pitt’s record is 154-42 in those 196 games.