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Feb. 19, 2010

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No. 19 Pitt at Marquette, Milwaukee, Wis., Bradley Center, February 18, 2010

No. 19 Pitt 58, Marquette 51


*Pitt won its fourth consecutive game.


*The win improves Pitt to 20-6 overall and 9-4 in the Big East Conference while Marquette drops to 16-9 overall and 7-6 in the Big East. Pitt hosts No. 3 ranked Villanova on Sunday at noon. Pitt is 6-0 vs. top-5 ranked teams in the Petersen Events Center.


*Pitt won its 20th game on the season. Pitt has now won 20 or more games in nine consecutive seasons, the longest streak in school history. Pitt is the only school in the Big East to win 20 overall games in each of the last nine years. Jamie Dixon has surpassed 20 or more wins in each of the seven seasons as head coach.


*With one more Big East win, Pitt will become the only school in the last nine years to win 20 overall games and 10 league wins.


*Pitt improves to 5-3 on the road this season with wins at Duquesne, Syracuse, Cincinnati, Connecticut and Marquette. With a 4-3 Big East road record, Pitt has now claimed 12 of its last 17 road games. Over the last nine years, Pitt has proved to be the Big East’s winningest team on the road as it has accumulated a 45-29 record.


*With the win, Jamie Dixon moves into a tie for fourth place on the NCAA Division I all-time winningest coaches list after seven seasons as a head coach. He is now 183-51 in his seven seasons as a head coach. The record is 188 wins by Gonzaga’s Mark Few from 2000-06. Dixon also trails No. 2 Everett Case, North Carolina State, 187-45 from 1947-53, No. 3 Roy Williams, Kansas, 184-51 from 1989-95 and tied with No. 4 Thad Matta, 183-53, Butler,Xavier and Ohio State, 2001-07.


*Pitt won its first-ever game against Marquette at the Bradley Center. The Panthers improved to 1-3 vs. Marquette in games played in Milwaukee since the Golden Eagles joined the Big East Conference in 2005-06. Pitt is now 7-6 all-time vs. Marquette and 2-4 in away games against MU.


*With the win, Pitt improved to 25-9 vs. teams who joined the Big East Conference in 2005-06.


*Pitt held Marquette to a Big East regular season low of 51 points. DePaul scored only 52 vs. the Panthers on Dec. 28, 2009. On the year, Pitt has now limited 16 of its 26 opponents to 60 points or less and 19 of 26 opponents to 70 points or less.


*Marquette entered the game as the Big East’s leading 3-point shooting team (8.1 3FG per game, 42.3 percent), while Pitt entered as the Big East’s best at defending the 3-pointer. Marquette was held to just 26.3 percent (5-19) 3-point shooting and hit only five 3-pointers.


*Marquette was held to 35 percent (21-60) field goal shooting. Pitt has now held 19 of its 26 opponents to sub-43 percent field goal shooting.


*Pitt converted 54.8 percent (23-42) of its field goal attempts. That ranked as Pitt’s best field goal percentage in Big East play and the second-best percentage overall this season. Pitt shot 55.8 percent vs. Ohio on Dec. 22, 2009.


*Pitt had 19 assists on 23 field goals made.


*Tonight, Gary McGhee and Dante Taylor combined for 16 points and a perfect 8-8 field goal shooting at center for Pitt.


*Pitt placed four players in double figures as Nasir Robinson, Gary McGhee, Brad Wanamaker and Jermaine Dixon scored 10 points apiece. Pitt is 7-0 when four players score in double figures.


*Gary McGhee finished with a career-high six blocked shots on the evening. His previous career-high was five against Ohio on Dec. 22, 2009. McGhee has reached double figure scoring in seven games on the year. He tied a career-high with five field goals made.


*With his 10 points, Nasir Robinson reached double figure scoring for the first time since he scored 26 vs. Louisville on Jan. 16, 2010. Robinson has now reached double figure scoring in seven games in his career.


*Brad Wanamaker reached double figure scoring for the fourth straight game. He has now reached double figures in 23 career games.


*Jermaine Dixon tied a career-high with seven rebounds. He reached double figure scoring for the 25th time in his career.

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