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March 17, 2011

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No. 1 seed Pitt vs. No. 16 UNC Asheville, March 17, 2011, Washington, D.C., Verizon Center

No. 1 Pitt 74, No. 16 UNC Asheville 51 

*Pitt (28-5) advances to the NCAA Championship Third Round to face No. 8 seed Butler. The teams will meet for the 13th time in program history (5-7 record) and for the first time since 1946. Pitt is 20-11 all-time against current members of the Horizon League.

*Pitt, appearing in its 10th straight NCAA Tournament Championship, registered a 74-51 win over UNC Asheville in second round play. The victory marks the sixth-straight season the Panthers captured a win in their opening NCAA contest. 

*The Panthers are a No. 1 seed for the second time in program history, having also earned a No. 1 seed in 2009. With the win, Pitt improved to 23-23 all-time in NCAA Tournament action in 23 all-time appearances.

*Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon moved to 11-7 in his eight appearances in the NCAA Tournament. He improved to 7-1 in NCAA Tournament First Round games. 

*Since 2002, Pitt is now 15-9 in its 24 NCAA Tournament games. It has reached the second round in nine of its 10 appearances since 2002.

*Pitt won its ninth game over its last 12 contests. Pitt is one of only three programs nationwide to advance to the NCAA Tournament, win 20 overall games and 10 league games in each of the last 10 seasons: Pitt, Kansas and Gonzaga. 

*Pitt’s 28th victory of the season ties for the program’s fifth-most wins in school history. The 2002-03 squad posted an identical 28 wins. The school record for wins is 31 in two different years: 2003-04 and 2008-09.

*Pitt won its third straight game at the Verizon Center. The previous two games were against Georgetown.

*Pitt posted a 50-27 rebounding advantage over UNC Asheville on Thursday. The 23-rebound edge marked the ninth time this season that Pitt grabbed 20-or-more rebounds than its opponent in a single contest. Pitt is ranked No. 2 in the NCAA in rebounding margin. 

*Pitt’s 50 rebounds tied an NCAA Tournament team game record. Pitt also grabbed 50 rebounds vs. Oral Roberts on March 20, 2008.

*Pitt had 22 offensive rebounds versus the Bulldogs, the third-most collected in a game this season. The Panthers had a season-high 32 offensive boards versus North Florida on Nov. 13 and 23 on Jan. 15 against Seton Hall. 

*Pitt’s senior class of Gilbert Brown, Gary McGhee and Brad Wanamaker improved to 111-28 over their four-year career. The trio now needs one more victory to tie the school record for most wins for a senior class. The record is 112 career wins by the 2008-09 senior class consisting of Tyrell Biggs, Levance Fields and Sam Young.

*Jamie Dixon improved to 40-11 in career games played after losing a contest. He is now 216-59 in his eight-year career. 

*Junior guard Ashton Gibbs led all scorers with 26 points, 20 of those coming in the second half. With today’s output, Gibbs has recorded 20-plus points in 12 contests. The Scotch Plains, N.J. product has tallied 20 or more points in five of his last nine outings. Gibbs registered six 3-pointers on the afternoon, tying his career-high for the eighth time. He went 6-of-9 from behind the arc against UNC Asheville on Thursday. Gibbs has hit 12-of-16 (.750) from 3-point range in the past two games and 18-of-27 (.667) over the last four contests.

*Gibbs’ six 3-pointers set a school NCAA Tournament individual single-game record for most 3-pointers made. The previous record was five by Jason Matthews vs. Ball State on March 16, 1989. 

*Gibbs, already the single season leader in 3-pointers made in the Pitt record book, went over the century mark this afternoon. He has connected on 101 3-pointers during the 2010-11 season, the only player in Pitt history to top the 100-triple plateau in a single campaign.

*Gibbs’ 26-point performance ranked as the 10th best scoring performance in Pitt’s NCAA Tournament history. The school record is 34 points by Billy Knight vs. Furman on March 14, 1974. 

*Gibbs paced the Panthers in the scoring column for the 15th time in 2010-11 and in the third-straight game.

*Senior Gary McGhee had 11 rebounds, his 11th double-digit rebounding contest of the season. McGhee posted six offensive rebounds, tying a season-best (6, vs. Seton Hall, Jan. 15).  

*Junior forward Nasir Robinson had 12 points, his second-straight double figure contest and 11th of the season. Robinson has notched double-figure scoring in three of the past four games and seven of the last 10. Robinson is shooting 63.3 percent from the field (19-of-30) over his last four outings.



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