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March 14, 2013

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No. 5 seed Syracuse vs. No. 4 seed Pitt, Big East Championship Quarterfinal, Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.

Syracuse 62, Pitt 59

*The No. 4 seeded Panthers (24-7, 12-6 Big East) opened their 31st Big East Tournament with a Quarterfinal Round matchup against No. 5 seed Syracuse (24-8, 11-7 Big East). 

*With the loss, Pitt suffered its fourth loss in last five years in its first game in Big East Championship play.

*Pitt concludes its Big East Championship history with a 26-29 all-time record in the event. Pitt played 55 games in the Big East Championship, winning titles in 2003 and 2008 and advancing to the Final seven times (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008).

*The halftime score marked the 10th time Pitt had trailed at the break this season. The 13-point halftime differential was the second highest deficit in 2012-13 for the Panthers (14 points, 34-20 vs. Oakland on Nov. 17, 2012; 13 points, 42-29, at Marquette on Feb. 16, 2013). Pitt fell to 5-5 in games in which they trailed at the half.

*Four players scored in double figures led by Lamar Patterson (14 points). Patterson added a team, season and a career-tying 11 rebounds to post his fifth career double-double and third this season. It marked his fifth career double figure rebounding game and 37th career double figure scoring contest. His six offensive rebounds mark a career-high.

*Tray Woodall recorded 12 points, his 22nd game in double figure scoring this season. He drained three 3-pointers, connecting on three or more in a single game for the eighth time this season.

*Talib Zanna finished the day with 10 points, his 14th double figure scoring game of the year and 27th of his career. 

*James Robinson scored 10 points, his seventh double figure scoring game of the year. He also finished with a career-high four steals in the game.

*Pitt outrebounded Syracuse by 12 boards (40-28). Pitt finished with 20 offensive rebounds, its third highest total of the year. Pitt finished with a season-high 21 offensive rebounds vs. Duquesne, Dec. 5, 2012.

*Syracuse connected on 12-of-19 3-pointers, the most recorded (12) by a Pitt opponent this season. The Orange' 63.2 percent performance was the best by an opponent in 2012-13 season. The six (6) triples from James Southerland were the most by an opposing player versus Pitt in Big East Championship play.

*Today's meeting with Syracuse was the 102nd in the series. Head Coach Jamie Dixon moved to 10-4 versus the Orange. 

*Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon concluded his 10th and final Big East Championship with a 12-9 tournament record. In 2008, he guided Pitt to its second all-time Big East Tournament title and its seventh Big East Championship Finals appearance in school history.

*Pitt is 30-16 at Madison Square Garden since the 2001-02 season.

*Pitt entered the game having won 14 of its last 18 against Syracuse and six of its last seven. Pitt fell to 1-5 all-time vs. Syracuse in the Big East Championship. Pitt is now 39-64 all-time vs. Syracuse.

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