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Feb. 16, 2011

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No. 4 Pitt vs. USF, February 16, 2011, Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, Pa.

No. 4 Pitt 67, USF 55


*Pitt won its fifth straight game and improved to 24-2 overall and 12-1 in the Big East. Pitt entered the night with a 1.5 game first place lead.


*Now in its ninth season at the Petersen Events Center, Pitt improved to 147-12 in the arena. Pitt now owns a 63-11 record vs. Big East opponents in the PEC and has won 22 of its last 23 home games. The Panthers are also 15-1 at home this year and have won 53 of their last 55 overall home games.


*Pitt is 12-1 in Big East play for the first time in school history. With five games remaining, it has a chance to win the Big East regular season title, set school records for most league wins and best winning percentage in league games. Pitt has won or tied for five Big East regular season titles in program history (1986-87, 1987-88, 2001-02, 2002-03 and 2003-04). It won a school record 15 Big East regular season games in 2008-09.


*Pitt’s 24-2 overall record is its second-best start in school history.

*Pitt has now won 14 of its last 15 overall games and 15 of its last 16 Big East regular season games.

*Pitt’s senior class consisting of Gilbert Brown, Gary McGhee and Brad Wanamaker improved to 107-25 in their four-year career. The school record for most victories for a senior class is 112, set by the 2008-09 class consisting of Tyrell Biggs, Levance Fields and Sam Young. The trio needs six more wins to become the all-time winningest class in school history.


*With his 212th career victory, Jamie Dixon needs just two more wins to set an NCAA Division I record for most wins after eight seasons as head coach. He currently trails only Everett Case and Roy Williams in that category (213 wins).

*Pitt held USF to 55 points. Pitt has held 14 of 26 opponents to 60 points or less and 22 opponents to 70 points or less.


*Pitt improved to 3-0 vs. USF in the Petersen Events Center and 29-9 vs. Big East schools added in 2005-06.


*NCAA rebound margin leader Pitt grabbed 18 offensive rebounds and held a 40-18 overall rebounding edge in the game. Pitt has now grabbed double-digit offensive rebounds in 24 of 26 games this season.


*Pitt outscored USF in the paint 36-16 and had a 13-point advantage on second-chance opportunities.


*Pitt had four players reach double-figure scoring for the 10th time this season. Pitt is 10-0 in those games.


*With 13 points scored, junior forward Nasir Robinson recorded his third straight double-figure scoring effort. Robinson also recorded a game-high 10 rebounds, giving him the fifth double-double of his career and the third of this season (vs. UConn; vs. Duquesne) in just 21 minutes of play. Pitt is 5-0 this season in games that Robinson has reached double-figure rebounds.


*Senior forward Gilbert Brown scored 11 points and added seven rebounds, giving him double-digit points for the 44th time in his career. Brown needs just 49 more points this season to reach the prestigious 1,000-point club.


*Senior guard Brad Wanamaker scored 13 points and added five assists and two steals while also converting all six of his free throw attempts. Wanamaker has reached double figure scoring in three straight games, 17 on the year and 45 for his career.


*Redshirt freshman forward Talib Zanna scored 11 points, which sets his career-high in Big East play. It was Zanna’s best production since scoring 14 points in a win against Maryland Nov. 18. It marked the fourth double figure scoring game of his career.


*Ashton Gibbs missed his third consecutive game with an MCL injury in left knee.

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