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Feb. 24, 2013

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No. 20 Pitt at St. John’s, February 24, 2013, Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.
No. 20 Pitt 63, St. John’s 47

*With the win, No. 20 Pitt improved to 21-7 overall and 9-6 in the Big East Conference while St. John’s falls to 16-11 overall and 8-7 in the Big East. Pitt now has three regular season games remaining on its schedule: South Florida (Feb. 27), Villanova (March 3) and at DePaul (March 9). 

*Pitt has now won eight of its last 11 games and nine of its last 13.

*Madison Square Garden is Pitt’s “home away from home” as the the win improves Pitt to 30-15 at Madison Square Garden since the 2000-01 season. It marked the 45th game played by Pitt at Madison Square Garden since 2000 and third contest played there this season. Pitt improved to 2-1 at the Garden this season with wins over Delaware and St. John’s and a loss to No. 4 Michigan. Pitt is now 6-8 in games against St. John’s at the Garden. It also marked the 88th all-time game played by Pitt at MSG. Jamie Dixon improved to 22-13 at Madison Square Garden. 

*Pitt improved to 5-3 in Big East road games this year. The Panthers have one more road contest remaining: at DePaul on March 9, 2013. Pitt has now won five of its last seven road contests. The Panthers have also claimed 31 of their last 51 road games and own one of the Big East’s top road records over the last 12 seasons (57-43).

*Jamie Dixon improved to 259-64 all-time in 10 seasons as Pitt’s head coach. With the win today, Dixon moved into sole possession of fourth place on the NCAA Division I all-time best coaching starts list after 10 seasons as a head coach. Dixon now trails 1. Roy Williams, Kansas, 282-62, 2. Everett Case, North Carolina State, 265-60 and 3. Mark Few, Gonzaga, 264-66. 

*Pitt’s 21 victories on the year rank tied for its 15th highest total in school history.

*Pitt’s 16-point Big East road win ranks tied for the 13th largest in school history. 

*Pitt limited St. John’s to 47 points. Pitt has now held 18 of its 28 opponents to 60 points or less this season. Pitt has now held four Big East opponents under 50 points on the year: St. John’s (47), Georgetown (45), Villanova (43) and Seton Hall (46). Pitt has also held 25 of its 28 foes to 70 points or less.

*St. John’s was limited to 31.6 percent (18-57) shooting in the game, the third-lowest shooting percentage for Pitt Big East opponent this season. 

*Tray Woodall scored a season and Pitt player high 25 points in the game. It marked his sixth career 20-point game and third of the season. His previous season-high was 24 points vs. Duquesne on Dec. 5, 2012. The game marked his seventh consecutive double figure scoring game, 44th of his career and 18th of the season. Woodall surpassed 300 points for the season and needs just four more assists to reach the 150 mark for the year. He will reach 300 points and 150 assists for the second year in his career, becoming one of seven players in school history to achieve the mark in two seasons.

*Woodall hit 4-7 3-pointers in the game. It marked the fifth time this year that he converted four or more 3-pointers. 

*Lamar Patterson finished the game with 11 points. It was his 16th double figure scoring game of the year and 36th of his career.

*Pitt improved to 24-34 all-time vs. St. John’s in 59 series meetings. Pitt has also claimed nine of the series’ last 12 matchups and is 11-3 vs. St. John’s since the 2001-02 season. Pitt improved to 6-8 vs. St. John’s at Madison Square Garden.

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