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Feb. 18, 2013

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No. 25 Notre Dame at No. 20 Pitt, February 18, 2013, Petersen Events Center

No. 25 Notre Dame 51, No. 20 Pitt 42

*The contest marked Pitt's third-straight against a nationally ranked opponent. Pitt dropped a 79-69 decision at No. 18 Marquette on Saturday and posted a 62-52 win at No. 17 Cincinnati on Feb. 9. The last time Pitt played three straight nationally ranked opponents was last season (Jan. 14-21, 2012): at No. 25 Marquette, at No. 1 Syracuse and home against No. 23 Louisville.

*Pitt moved to 3-5 on this season versus nationally ranked teams.

*The Panthers have dropped two-straight games for just the second time this season. Pitt opened Big East play (0-2) after losses to Cincinnati and Rutgers (Dec. 31 and Jan. 5).

*The game marked the 200th contest for the Panthers at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt owns a 178-22 (.890) all-time at the Petersen Events Center and 73-19 (.793) against Big East opponents. The Panthers fell to 13-3 at the Petersen Events Center this season.

*The 42 points scored were the second fewest points in the Jamie Dixon era, tying the 42 points versus Georgetown on March 10, 2007. The fewest points scored in the Jamie Dixon Era was 39 points vs. Rutgers on Jan. 11, 2012.

*The 20 second-half points were the fewest points in the second period for Pitt this season. The previous second-half low was 27 (twice). The 20 points tied the fewest in any half this season (20 first half points versus Oakland on Nov. 17, 2012.

*Pitt failed to make a three-pointer, going 0-of-8 from behind the arc. It marked the second time this season the Panthers went without a field goal in a game (0-10, vs. Cincinnati on Dec. 31, 2012).

*The game had a 25-point swing with the Panthers leading by as many as 16 points (7:08 mark, 1st half) and the Irish leading by as many as nine (on five occasions).

*Pitt limited Notre Dame to 19 first half points, the Irish' fewest of the season. ND previously scored a season-low 21 first half points versus Georgetown on Jan. 21.

*The Irish missed their first 12 field goal attempts and connected on just one of their first 19 shots attempts. Notre Dame closed the first half by making five of final eight shots to make it a three-point game at the half.

*Notre Dame shot 12-of-20 from the field (.600) in the second half, the fifth time this season the Irish posted a 60 percent or better mark in the second half of play - the first time since Jan. 5. 

*Pitt dropped just its third game this season when leading at the half (15-3).

*Pitt entered the game tied for the Big East lead in rebounding margin (+7.4) with Cincinnati. The Panthers were out-rebounded by the Irish, 39-26 (the largest margin this season). Pitt is 2-6 this season when out-rebounded by its opponent.

*Tray Woodall was the only Panther in double figures with 11 points - only the fourth time this season (in 27 games) that only one player had double figures in a single game.

*Pitt and Notre Dame met for the 58th time in program history as the Irish took a 31-27 lead in the series with the win. The victory was the fifth-straight for Notre Dame, the longest streak in series history.

*Redshirt freshman Durand Johnson did not play due to the stomach flu.

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