March 1, 2009
Pitt at Seton Hall, Prudential Center, Feb. 28, 2009
*Pitt improved to 26-3 overall and 13-3 in the Big East Conference. Pitt has now won eight of its last nine games. Pitt has two regular season home games remaining: Marquette (March 4 at 7:30 p.m.) at the Petersen Events Center and Connecticut (March 7 at noon). The Connecticut game marks Senior Day for Pitt’s three seniors: Tyrell Biggs, Levance Fields and Sam Young.
*Pitt won its 26th game of the season. The 26 wins rank as the sixth all-time win total in school history. The school record is 31 wins set in Jamie Dixon’s first year as head coach in 2003-04.
*Pitt won its 13th Big East regular season game of the year. The 13 wins ties the school record for most Big East wins in a year. Pitt also won 13 games in 2001-02, 2002-03 and 2003-04.
*Pitt improved to 7-3 in road games on the year and 6-3 in Big East road games. Under Jamie Dixon, Pitt is now 29-16 all-time in league regular season road games.
*In games following a loss, Pitt improved to 3-0 on the year. Under Head Coach Jamie Dixon, Pitt improved to 29-9 following a loss. Pitt has not lost back-to-back games this year.
*Pitt improved to 3-0 in the Prudential Center this year. Earlier in the year, Pitt won the Legends Classic with wins over Texas Tech and Washington State. Since the 2000-01 season, Pitt improved to 29-9 in games played in the New York-New Jersey area. Pitt also won its 12 of its last 13 games in the New York-New Jersey area.
*Pitt improved to 3-2 in games played as the nation’s No. 1 ranked team.
*With his 29 points and 10 rebounds, Sam Young finished with his second double-double of the year and eighth of his career. The 29 points marked Young’s second-highest scoring output of his career. His career-high is 33 points vs. Belmont on Nov. 25, 2008. Young scored 20 or more points for the 12th time on the year and 29th time in his career. Young has now reached double figure scoring for the 27th time on the year and 90th time in his career. Young has now reached double figures in 71 of his last 76 games played. Young also played in his 136th career game, which ties him for second place on Pitt’s all-time participation list. His next game against Marquette on Wednesday will tie him for the record, which is 137 games played held by Jaron Brown from 2000-04. Young also hit a career-high nine free throws and finished 9-10 from the free throw line.
*With his 10 points and 10 assists, Levance Fields registered his sixth career double-double of both the year and his career. He finished with 10 or more assists for the seventh time in his career and reached double figure scoring for the 20th time on the year and 66th time in his career. Fields is closing in on Pitt’s season assist record which is 251 held by Brandin Knight in 2001-02. Fields is currently in fourth place on the list with 215 assists.
*DeJuan Blair finished with 10 rebounds. He reached double figure rebounding for the 20th time on the year and 37th time in his career.
*With his 14 points, Jermaine Dixon reached double figure scoring for the 14th time on the season.
*Gilbert Brown tied a career-high with five assists on the evening.
*Jamie Dixon improved to 158-43 in his sixth year as head coach at Pitt. With his 158 career wins, he ranks fourth among all-time NCAA Division I coaches in wins over the first six years of a head coaching career. He needs just three more victories to tie the record held by North Carolina State’s Everett Case (161 wins from 1947-52). Kansas’ Roy Williams (1989-94) and Gonzaga’s Mark Few (2000-05) both rank second with 159 wins. Dixon has now guided Pitt to six straight 20-overall win, 10-league win campaigns, the most in school history and the most in the Big East during that span.
*Pitt’s senior class of Tyrell Biggs, Levance Fields and Sam Young won their 107th career game. The trio needs just one more victory to tie the school’s four-year win record of 108 wins set by the 2004-05 senior class. Biggs, Fields and Young are 107-29 overall.
*Pitt shot 51.7 percent (30-58) from the floor. It marked the 10th time this season that Pitt hit over 50 percent from the floor.
*Pitt’s 24 free throws made ranks as the second-highest output of the year. Pitt hit 27 free throws against Akron on Nov. 21, 2008.
*Pitt committed a season-high 23 turnovers in the contest. Pitt’s previous high for turnovers in a game was 20 against Louisville on Jan. 17, 2009. Pitt finished the first half with 14 turnovers.
*Pitt outrebounded Seton Hall 44-21. At halftime, Pitt outrebounded the Pirates 25-8. The Panthers had just as many offensive rebounds as the Pirates had total rebounds.
*Pitt improved to 29-19 in is series against Seton Hall and won its ninth in the series’ last 12 games. In games played at Seton Hall, Pitt is 11-11.
*Seton Hall scored 78 points on the evening and became just the fifth team in 29 games to score over 70 points against the Panthers this year. Pitt has held 24 of its 29 opponents to 70 points or less. Since Jamie Dixon became head coach, Pitt has held 161 of its 201 opponents under 70 points. Pitt’s record is 158-43 in those 201 games.