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Feb. 25, 2011

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No. 4 Pitt vs. West Virginia, February 24, 2011, Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, Pa.

No. 4 Pitt 71, West Virginia 58

*With the win, Pitt completed a regular season sweep of West Virginia. Pitt has now swept West Virginia in the regular season three times in the last five years (2006-07, 2008-09 and now 2010-11). The Panthers also defeated the Mountaineers in Morgantown, 71-66 on Feb. 7.


*It was the 182nd matchup between the two programs, with Pitt having now won 16 of the last 22 contests.


*Pitt improved to 38-11 after a loss under Coach Jamie Dixon.


*Pitt’s record on the season moved to 25-3 overall and 13-2 in Big East play. Pitt holds a two-game lead over Notre Dame for first place in the Big East standings and can clinch a Big East regular-season title outright with two wins in the final three games, or one win and a Notre Dame loss. Notre Dame plays home games against Seton Hall and Villanova and concludes its season on the road against Connecticut.


*Pitt has now won 15 of its last 17 overall games and 17 of its last 19 Big East regular season games.


*Pitt improved to 7-1 all-time against West Virginia at the Petersen Events Center and has now won 10 of the last 11 meetings vs. West Virginia in Pittsburgh.


*Pitt’s senior class consisting of Gilbert Brown, Gary McGhee and Brad Wanamaker improved to 108-26 in their four-year career and needs five more wins to set the school record. The school record for most victories for a senior class is 112, set by the 2008-09 class consisting of Tyrell Biggs, Levance Fields and Sam Young.


*With a 213-57 overall record, Jamie Dixon tied the NCAA Division I all-time record for most victories after eight seasons as head coach. He is now tied with Everett Case (North Carolina State, 1947-54, 213-52 overall) and Roy Williams (Kansas, 1989-96, 213-56) for most wins after eight seasons as a head coach.


*Pitt’s crowd of 12,876 ranked as the fifth-largest on-campus crowd for a basketball game in Pitt program history.


*Pitt held West Virginia to 58 points. This year, Pitt has held 16 of its 28 opponents to 60 points or less and 24 of 28 opponents to 70 points or less.


*Pitt grabbed eight offensive rebounds on the day. The national leader in offensive rebounding, it was only the third time this season the Panthers failed to reach double-figure offensive rebounds.


*Pitt registered 10 more made field goals than West Virginia despite taking four less field goal attempts. Pitt also outscored West Virginia 34-16 in the paint.


*The Panthers registered assists on 23 of 27 field goals.


*Pitt had four players reach double-figure scoring for the 11th time this season. Pitt is 11-0 in games played when four players reach double-figures. Every player who played in the game for Pitt registered at least one field goal.


*Redshirt freshman forward Lamar Patterson scored a career-high 11 points on 4-6 shooting. He added a career-high five assists, three rebounds, two blocks and a steal in his 22 minutes.


*Senior guard Brad Wanamaker scored 11 points and added eight assists to just one turnover. Wanamaker’s eight assists were a game-high. He also had seven rebounds in the effort and converted 5-6 free throws.


*In his second game back since being sidelined for three games with an MCL injury in his left knee, Ashton Gibbs started the contest and scored nine points.


*Junior forward Nasir Robinson led Pitt with 15 points on 6-8 shooting.


*Senior forward Gilbert Brown scored 11 points on the night, all in the first half.

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