Feb. 17, 2009
Pitt at Connecticut, Hartford, Conn./XL Center, February 16, 2009
*Pitt won its sixth consecutive game, improved to 24-2 overall and 11-2 in the Big East Conference. Pitt moves into second place in the Big East, a half-game behind Connecticut (12-2).
*Pitt’s 24-2 record ties for the school’s all-time best start to a season. Head Coach Jamie Dixon guided Pitt to a 24-2 start in his first season as head coach in 2003-04.
*Pitt defeated a No. 1 ranked team for the first time in school history. It improves to 1-13 all-time vs. No. 1 ranked teams. It’s final three games vs. No. 1 ranked teams were all played against Connecticut. The contest marked the just the second time that Pitt and Connecticut met when both teams were ranked among the nation’s top-5 teams.
*With 22 points and a career-high 23 rebounds, DeJuan Blair registered his second 20-20 contest of the season and his career. The performance marked the 10th such 20-20 performance in school history. He also finished with 23 points and 22 rebounds vs. Notre Dame on January 31, 2009. Blair grabbed a career-high 23 rebounds, his third career 20-plus rebounding day and 35th career double digit rebounding performance. He finished with a career-high 17 defensive rebounds, surpassing his previous career-high of 14 set vs. Notre Dame on Jan. 31, 2009. He scored over 20 points for the 13th time in his career. It marked his 45th career double figure scoring game. Blair played a career-high 38 minutes.
*Sam Young finished with a game-high 25 points, his 28th career and 11th season 20-plus scoring contest. He has now reached double figure scoring in 68 of his last 73 games played and for the 87th time in his career. Young moved into ninth place on Pitt’s all-time career scoring list and concluded the evening with 1,666 points. He moved past Carl Krauser (1,642 points from 2002-06. Young also played in his 133rd career game and ranks fourth among school leaders in most games played.
*With his 10 points, Levance Fields reached double figure scoring for the 19th game this year and 65th of his career.
*Gilbert Brown tied a career-high with four offensive rebounds. He finished the evening with seven total boards.
*With his 11 points, Jermaine Dixon reached double figure scoring for the 12th time in his career. He has hit at least one 3-pointer in sixth consecutive games and in 15 games this year.
*Pitt won its fifth straight Big East Conference game. The five-game win streak ranks tied for sixth among the school’s all-time longest league win streaks. The school-record is 12 straight wins set from Feb. 2, 2002-Jan. 25, 2003.
*Pitt improved to 6-2 on the year and 5-2 in Big East play in road games. Pitt improved to 28-15 all-time in Big East road games. Pitt’s 5-2 road record in Big East play ranks sixth all-time among best league road records. The school record is a 6-2 slate set five different seasons.
*In a matchup featuring the two of the nation’s top rebounding margin leaders, Pitt won the rebounding edge 48-31.
*Pitt grabbed 18 offensive rebounds on the evening. Pitt has totaled 10 or more offensive rebounds in 23 of its 26 games on the year.
*Pitt and Connecticut met for the 55th time in series history. Pitt improved to 25-30 all-time vs. Connecticut with a 10-14 record in games played at UConn. Pitt won only for the second time in its last matchups at UConn.
*Head Coach Jamie Dixon improves to 156-42 all-time in his career and 4-5 vs. UConn. He has now coached in 198 career games. He will coach his 200th career game against Providence on Feb. 24, 2009.
*Connecticut was held to 68 points on evening. Pitt has held 23 of its 26 opponents to 70 points or less. Since Jamie Dixon became head coach, Pitt has held 161 of its 198 opponents to 70 points or less. Pitt’s record is 156-42 in those contests.