Feb. 14, 2009
Cincinnati at Pitt, Petersen Events Center, February 14, 2009
*No. 4 Pitt plays at No. 1 Connecticut on Monday. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET for the Big Monday telecast on ESPN. Sean McDonough, Bill Raftery and Jay Bilas will make the call for ESPN.
*Pitt won its fifth straight contest, improved to 23-2 overall and 10-2 in Big East Conference play. Pitt has now won 20 or more games for the eighth straight season.
*With the win, Pitt has now won 20 overall games and 10 Big East 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 eight seasons. Pitt needs just one more conference win to reach 10 league wins for the eighth straight season.
*Pitt tied a school record with a 67.4 percent (31-46) field goal shooting day. Pitt also shot an identical 67.4 percent (31-46) against Kent State in the NCAA Tournament First Round on March 17, 2006.
*Pitt has won 18 straight home games and carries a 112-10 all-time record (.918 winning percentage) in the Petersen Events Center. Pitt also has a 46-9 record vs. Big East opponents in the Petersen Events Center. Pitt improved to 16-0 at home this year. The Panthers host three more home games: DePaul (Feb. 21), Marquette (March 4) and Connecticut (March 7).
*Levance Fields completed his fifth double-double of his career and season with 11 points and 13 assists in the contest. He also registered his sixth double figure assist game of his career and season. He finished with 13 assists and no turnovers. He now has 566 career assists. In his last five contests, Fields has 56 assists and only six turnovers for a 9.33 assist:turnover ratio.
*With his 17 points on the evening, DeJuan Blair reached double figure scoring for the 19th time on the year and 44th time in his career. Blair finished with seven rebounds on the day.
*With his 14 points, Jermaine Dixon reached double figures for the 11th time this season. Dixon led Pitt in the first half with 11 points.
*With his 18 points, Sam Young reached double figure scoring in 23 games on the year and for the 86th time in his career. Young moved into 10th place on Pitt’s all-time scoring list with 1,641 points and needs two more points to pass Carl Krauser (1,642 points) for ninth place on the list. He surpassed Brian Shorter (1,633 points from 1988-91).
*With his 12 points, Gilbert Brown reached double figure scoring for the fourth time this season and 15th time in his career. He also reached double figures for the first time in 12 contests.
*Brad Wanamaker pulled down a career-high eight rebounds in the contest.
*Head Coach Jamie Dixon improves to 155-42 all-time in his career. He has now coached in 197 career games. His 200th career game will come at Providence on Feb. 24.
*Pitt and Cincinnati met for the 13th time in series history. Pitt improved to 6-7 all-time vs. the Bearcats. Pitt also won its third straight home game in the series.
*With the win, Pitt improves to 19-8 vs. Big East schools added in 2005-06. Pitt improves to 5-1 vs. Cincinnati since the Bearcats joined the Big East.
*Cincinnati was held to 69 points on the evening. Pitt has held 22 of its 25 opponents to 70 points or less. Since Jamie Dixon became head coach, Pitt has held 160 of its 197 opponents under 70 points. Pitt’s record is 155-42 in those 197 games.
*Today’s attendance of 12,508 marked the sixth consecutive fully attended game this year. Pitt currently has a string of 129 consecutive home sellouts dating back to a January 12, 2002 game against Notre Dame.