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March 3, 2013

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Villanova at No. 23 Pitt, March 3, 2013, Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, Pa.
No. 23 Pitt 73, Villanova 64 OT

*With the win, No. 23 Pitt improved to 23-7 overall and 11-6 in the Big East Conference while Villanova falls to 18-12 overall and 9-8 in the Big East. Pitt now has one regular season game remaining on its schedule: at DePaul on Saturday, March 9 at 2 p.m. ET.

*The game marked the final Big East regular season contest in school history.

*Today's contest vs. Villanova also marked Senior Day and the final home game for both Tray Woodall and Dante Taylor. The duo were key contributors to the win as Woodall registered his first double-double of the year (13 points/11 assists) and Taylor totaled seven points an exclamation dunk in his first start of the year.

*Pitt improved to 11-6 in Big East regular season play with one game to go. It has won 10 or more Big East regular season games for the 11th time in the last 12 seasons, the only league program to achieve that honor. Pitt's 11 wins rank as the 10th-best Big East season in school history.

*Pitt has now won 10 of its last 13 games and 11 of its last 15.

*The game marked Pitt's third overtime contest. It improved to 2-1 in overtime games after defeating Villanova today (73-64) and Oakland (72-62) on Nov. 17. It lost a 74-67 contest to Marquette on Jan. 12.

*Pitt's 23 victories on the year rank tied for its 13th highest total in school history. The 23 victories surpass last season's total of 22 set in 39 games.

*Pitt concluded its 2012-13 season with a 16-3 home record. Pitt improved to 180-22 (.891 winning percentage) in the Petersen Events Center. Pitt also improved to 75-19 all-time vs. Big East opponents at the Petersen Events Center. The Panthers have won 86 of their last 98 home games and 37 of their last 47 Big East home games. Pitt has also won 21 of its last 24 home games.

*Pitt improved to 33-32 all-time vs. Villanova. It won its sixth consecutive game vs. the Wildcats and second of the year. Pitt also improved to a perfect 6-0 vs. Villanova at the Petersen Events Center.

*With 13 points and a season-high 11 assists, Woodall tallied his first double-double of the season and seventh of his career. He moved into second place on Pitt's all-time career point-assist double-double list with his seventh and needs just one more double-double to tie Levance Fields (2005-09) for the record of nine. He also became just the seventh player in school history to total 300 points and 150 assists in two seasons during a career.

*After scoring Pitt's first seven points in overtime, Talib Zanna finished the game with 14 points and a career-high 19 rebounds. It marked his second double-double of the year and sixth of his career. The last time a Pitt player totaled 19 rebounds was DeJuan Blair (23) at Connecticut on Feb. 16, 2009. Zanna's 12 defensive rebounds marked a career-high. It was his second double figure scoring game in his last 15 contests, his 53rd of his career and 21st of the year.

*Taylor made his first start since March 30, 2012 when Pitt hosted Washington State in the CBI Championship.

*With his team-high tying 14 points, Robinson notched his first double figure scoring game in his last 11 contests. It was his sixth of the year. His two 3-point field goals made tied for a career-high in that statistical category.

*Durand Johnson finished the day with three 3-pointers and nine points. His 3-pointers tied a career-high set earlier this season at Villanova on Jan. 16. In two games against Villanova this year, Johnson has totaled 22 points and hit 6-9 3-pointers.

*Steven Adams missed his first game at Pitt with a sprained left ankle.

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