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Feb. 29, 2012

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St. John’s at Pitt, Petersen Events Center, February 29, 2012

Pitt 89, St. John’s 69

*With the win, the Panthers improve to 160-19 all-time in the Petersen Events Center and 69-16 in the venue against Big East opponents. Pitt has won 66 of its last 75 home games and 31 of its last 38 Big East Conference home games.

*The win marks the 100th win for Pitt’s senior class of Ashton Gibbs and Nasir Robinson. They are the eighth senior class in Pitt history to win 100 or more games in a four-year career.

*The Panthers improved their all-time record against St. John’s to 22-34 and have now won six of the last seven matchups. Pitt has also won seven consecutive home games against St. John’s and is 6-0 against the Red Storm in the Petersen Events Center.

*The Panthers’ 89 points tied for their second-most points in a game this season. Pitt also scored 89 points in its season opener on Nov. 11, 2011 against Albany. It’s the eighth time this season Pitt has scored 80 or more points in a game and the fifth time they’ve bested the 85-point mark.

*The Panthers shot 63.3 percent from field goal range, their highest percentage this season. Their best previous field goal shooting percentage this season was 58.5 percent in a 78-58 win at Penn on Nov. 25, 2011.

*Pitt’s 20 point win is its largest margin of victory since it defeated St. Francis, Pa. by 25 points (71-47) on Dec. 20, 2011.

*The win snaps the Panthers’ five-game losing streak.

*Ashton Gibbs led the Panthers in scoring with 19 points. Gibbs now has 1,673 career points and passed Sam Clancy for ninth place on Pitt’s all-time career scoring list. The game was Gibbs’ 84th career double figure scoring game. In the first five minutes of the contest, Gibbs had as many field goals (three) as he had in his previous two games combined. His 19 points in the game were five more than he had in his last three games combined (14).

*Dante Taylor set a career-high for points with 17 on the evening. His previous career-high was 15 against Duquesne on Nov. 30, 2011. Taylor was a perfect 8-8 from field goal range and also set a career-high for field goals made. Taylor has now scored in double figures six times this season and 13 times in his career.

*J.J. Moore scored 14 points and has reached double figure scoring in a career-high four consecutive games. He has now reached double figures in eight games this season and 12 times in his career.

*Lamar Patterson scored 13 points, his 12th game scoring in double figures this season and the 14th of his career. His seven assists also tied a career-high.

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