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Feb. 19, 2011

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No. 4 Pitt at St. John’s, February 19, 2011, New York, N.Y., Madison Square Garden

St. John’s 60, No. 4 Pitt 59


*Pitt’s five-game win streak ended as Pitt dropped to 24-3 overall and 12-2 in Big East play. Coupled with Notre Dame’s loss to West Virginia, Pitt maintains its 2.0 game first place lead in the Big East Conference race.


*Pitt has now won 14 of its last 16 overall games and 16 of its last 18 Big East regular season games.


*Pitt dropped its first road game of the year. Prior to this afternoon’s game, Pitt was the last remaining undefeated team in the nation on the road.


*Pitt’s seven-game road win streak came to an end. The Panthers dropped to 6-1 in Big East road games this year. On the road, Pitt has proved to be the Big East’s winningest program as it has won 19 of its last 26 contests away from home. With the loss, Pitt dropped to 51-31 in Big East road games combining the last 10 years.


*Pitt’s seven game road win streak concludes as the school’s second all-time longest road win streak in school history. The school record is 11 consecutive road wins set in 1927-28.


*Pitt is now 6-1 on the road this year. Pitt’s best road record in Big East play is 6-2 in five different seasons. Pitt has never won more than six Big East road games in season. It has won six five different times.


*Pitt’s senior class consisting of Gilbert Brown, Gary McGhee and Brad Wanamaker dropped to 107-26 in their four-year career. The school record for most victories for a senior class is 113 set by the 2008-09 class consisting of Tyrell Biggs, Levance Fields and Sam Young.


*With a 212-57 overall record, Jamie Dixon needs just two more wins to set an NCAA Division I record for most victories after eight seasons as a head coach. He is now in third place on the all-time list. The list goes as follows: 1. Everett Case, North Carolina State, 1947-54, 213-52; 1. Roy Williams, Kansas, 1989-96, 213-56, 3. Dixon, Pitt, 2003-11, 212-57.


*Pitt’s two game win streak at Madison Square Garden came to an end today. Madison Square Garden is Pitt’s “home away from home” as the Panthers were named MSG’s “Team of the Decade” by the arena last spring. Since the 2000-01 season, Pitt is now 26-12 overall, has claimed two Big East Championship titles (2003 and 2008) and advanced to the Big East title game in seven of the last 10 years. Pitt has won 14 of its last 20 contests at MSG including two matchups earlier this season in the 2K Sports/Coaches vs. Cancer Classic vs. Maryland and Texas. Head Coach Jamie Dixon owns an 18-10 overall record in his 28 games at Madison Square Garden.


*Pitt’s five-game win streak vs. St. John’s ended today. St. John’s improved to 34-21 all-time vs. Pitt. Pitt has won eight of the last 11 matchups between the two schools. Pitt dropped to 4-8 all-time vs. St. John’s at Madison Square Garden.


*Pitt grabbed nine offensive rebounds on the day. For only the second time this year, Pitt failed to grab 10 or more rebounds. The national leader in offensive rebounding, Pitt has now grabbed 10 or more offensive rebounds in 23 of its 25 games this year.


*Pitt held St. John’s to 60 points. This year, Pitt has held 15 of its 27 opponents to 60 points or less and 23 of its 27 opponents to 70 points or less.


*Pitt committed a season-high 27 fouls on the afternoon. Its previous season-high for fouls was 26 vs. Maryland on Nov. 18, 2010


*Ashton Gibbs returned to action today after being sidelined for the previous three games due to an MCL injury in his left knee. Gibbs went out scored a career-high 26 points including 15 in the first half alone. He finished with a career-high tying six 3-pointers. He came off the bench at the first half’s 15:00 mark and played in 34 minutes. The outing marked his 10th 20-point performance of the year and 21st of his career. It also marked his third straight 20-point performance after scoring 24 at Rutgers on Jan. 29 and 2.5 at Cincinnati on Feb. 5.

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