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March 6, 2010

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Rutgers at Pitt, March 6, 2010, Petersen Events Center

No. 17 Pitt 83, Rutgers 54


*With the win, Pitt finished the regular season with a 24-7 overall record and 13-5 slate in the Big East. Pitt clinched a two-day bye with Thursday night’s win against Providence, and following West Virginia’s win over Villanova today, clinched a No. 2 seed for the upcoming Big East Championship. As a No. 2-seed, Pitt will open the Big East Championship on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET against the winner of the 15-Providence or Rutgers vs. 10-Seton Hall winner vs. 7-Notre Dame winner. The game will be broadcast nationally by ESPN.

*Pitt’s three seniors (Jermaine Dixon, Chase Adams and Tim Frye) were honored prior to the game as Pitt celebrated Senior Night. As a group, Pitt’s seniors have so far accomplished:

-Two consecutive NCAA Tournaments and one Elite Eight appearance (2009).
-Compiled a 55-12 overall record over the last two years.
-Two consecutive 20-win and 10-league win seasons
-Totaled 28 Big East wins over the last two years (15-3 last year, 13-5 this season) for the best two-year stretch in school history.
-Compiled a 36-1 home record over the last two seasons.
-Totaled a 25-2 non-conference record from 2008-10.
-All three will graduate in 2010: Dixon (administration of justice); Adams (social science); Frye (business/marketing).

*Pitt coach Jamie Dixon moved to within one win of tying the NCAA Division I all-time wins record after seven seasons as head coach. He now has 187 career wins and is tied for second place with North Carolina State’s Everett Case (187 wins from 1947-53. Gonzaga’s Mark Few owns the record with 188 wins from 2000-06. Dixon set an NCAA Division I record for most wins after the first six seasons as a head coach with 163 wins from 2003-09.

*The Panthers concluded their eighth season in the Petersen Events Center with a 132-11 overall and is now 57-10 all-time against Big East opponents in the arena. Pitt finished the regular season at 17-1 at home this year and has now won 38 of its last 39 home games.

*Pitt’s 29-point win was its largest margin of victory of the season. The Panthers’ previous largest margin of victory was 25 (twice, vs. Binghamton; vs. Seton Hall). Pitt’s largest lead of the day was 32 points (4:34 remaining in game).


*Pitt’s 29-point win marked its sixth-largest win ever in Big East play. Pitt defeated West Virginia by 36 points on Feb. 12, 2003). The 29-point win also ranked as the third largest in Petersen Events Center history.

*Pitt and Rutgers met for the 45th time in Pitt history. Pitt is now 22-23 all-time against Rutgers, but has claimed 10 of the last 11 matchups. Pitt has also won eight of the last nine meetings against Rutgers at home. The 29-point win was Pitt’s largest-ever against Rutgers.

*Pitt held Rutgers to 54 points overall and just 16 points in the first half. The Panthers have now held 17 opponents to 60 points or less and 23 of 31 opponents to 70 points or less. Pitt has held 82 of their 143 opponents at the Petersen Events Center to less than 60 points.


*Pitt held Rutgers to just 16 first half points, the fewest points yielded by Pitt in a half in Big East play this year. It was also Pitt’s largest halftime lead of the year.


*The Panthers were 9-22 (40. 9%) from 3-point range. Pitt is 11-0 when shooting better than 40% from distance. Pitt also hit 16-22 free throws (72.7%) and improved to 16-2 this season when shooting better than 70% from the line.

*For the second time this season, the Panthers had five players score in double-figures on the day (Ashton Gibbs, Brad Wanamaker, Jermaine Dixon, Dante Taylor, Gilbert Brown). Pitt is 2-0 when five players reached double-figures.


*Dante Taylor, a freshman center had 11 points, a high for him in Big East play. It was the second time this season he’s reached double-figures in Big East play (had 10 points in win at Syracuse). Taylor also added seven rebounds  — six offensive — in 16 minutes of play. His six offensive boards tied a career-high.

*Gilbert Brown, a junior forward, finished with 19 points, his ninth time scoring in double figures this year during Big East play and 10th in double-figures overall. He added six rebounds, was 6-6 from the free throw line and 3-4 from 3-point range. Brown now has 26 career games scoring in double figures.

*Jermaine Dixon scored 10 points in just 12 minutes of play. All of his points came in the first half.

*Ashton Gibbs’ 13 points gave him double figures for the 27th time in 31 games. He’s reached double-figures in all but two Big East games this season.

*Brad Wanamaker’s 12 points gave him double-figures for the second game in a row. He’s reached double-figures in 25 career games.

*For much of the game, redshirt freshman guard Travon Woodall was matched up with former high school teammate Mike Rosario. Woodall and Rosario starred at St. Anthony’s (N.J.) in high school. Woodall finished with five points, five assists and no turnovers, while Rosario finished with 14 points.

*Pitt is now 8-0 when playing on Saturdays this season.


*Pitt improved to 5-0 when wearing gold over the last two seasons.

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