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March 9, 2013

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No. 20 Pitt at DePaul, Saturday, March 9, 2013, Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Ill.
No. 20 Pitt 81, DePaul 66

*With the win, No. 20 Pitt concludes its regular season with a 24-7 overall and 12-6 record in the Big East Conference. The win, coupled with Notre Dame’s loss to Louisville, gave Pitt a two-day bye and No. 4 seed upon entering next week’s Big East Championship. Georgetown, Louisville and Marquette all finished 14-4 in the league, Pitt finished fourth with a 12-6 record and Syracuse and Notre Dame tied for fifth place at 11-7. 

*Pitt will enter Big East Championship play on a four-game win streak with consecutive wins over St. John’s, South Florida, Villanova and DePaul. Pitt has also won 11 of its last 14 games and 12 of its last 16.

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

*Pitt improved to 12-6 in Big East regular season play. Pitt 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 12 wins rank as the seventh most league wins in school history.

*Pitt’s 24 victories on the year rank tied for its 12th highest total in school history. The 24 victories surpass last season’s total of 22 set in 39 games. 

*The 15-point Big East road win ranked among the school’s top-20 league road wins.

*Pitt concluded Big East play with a 6-3 road record. The 6-3 record tied for the seventh best league road record in school history. Pitt has now won each of its last three road games and five of its last seven contests. The Panthers have also claimed 32 of their last 52 road games and own one of the Big East’s top road records (59-43) over the last 12 seasons. 

*With a 71.7 percent (33-46) shooting day, Pitt set a school record for best game field goal percentage. Pitt previously set the mark with a 70.8 performance in the season opener vs. Mount St. Mary’s (Nov. 9, 2012).

*Pitt shot 76 percent (19-25) in the first half alone. That mark ranks as the fourth highest shooting percentage for a half in school history. 

*Pitt converted a team season-high 64.3 percent (9-14) of its 3-point field goals on the day. The 64.3 percent outing ranked as the 11th-best performance in school history.

*J.J. Moore tied a career-high with 21 points in the contest. He finished the day a perfect 8-8 from the floor and hit a career-high 5-5 on 3-point field goals. His eight field goals tied a career-high. Previously, Moore scored 21 points vs. South Florida on Feb. 19, 2012. Moore reached double figure scoring for the ninth time this year and 26th time in his career. 

*With 18 points on 8-11 shooting, Tray Woodall reached double figure scoring for the 10th consecutive game. He has now reached double figure scoring in 21 games on the year and 47 in his career. Woodall also led Pitt with seven rebounds.

*Pitt improved to 9-2 all-time vs. DePaul. Pitt is now 4-2 vs. DePaul in games played in Chicago.

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