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March 19, 2012

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Princeton at Pitt, CBI Quarterfinals, Petersen Events Center, March 19, 2012

Pitt 82, Princeton 61

*Pitt improved to 2-0 in its first year in the fifth-annual College Basketball Invitational. The Panthers advance to the CBI semifinals on Wednesday, March 21 at 8 p.m. ET on HDNet against the winner of the Penn-Butler game (game began at 8 p.m.). Location is TBA.

*With the win, the Panthers improved to 162-19 in the Petersen Events Center and they have won 68 of their last 77 games in the venue.

*Pitt improved its record to 3-1 all-time against Princeton and played the Tigers for the first time since 1962. The Panthers are now 43-19 all-time against Ivy League opponents.

*The Panthers shot 52.3 percent from field goal range, marking the 10th time this season they’ve shot 50 percent or better from the field. It’s the second game in a row they’ve shot better than 52 percent as they hit 55 percent of their shots in their CBI opening round game in an 81-63 win over Wofford.

*Pitt scored 49 points in the first half, its largest scoring output in a half this season. In the first half alone, Pitt scored 49 points, hit 8-14 3-pointers (57.1 percent) and shot 55.6 percent (20-36) from the floor. Pitt also outrebounded Princeton 22-10.

*With his 10 points, Ashton Gibbs moved into sole possession of eighth place ahead of Billy Knight on Pitt’s all-time scoring list with 1,741 career points. The game marked Gibbs’ 89th career double figure scoring contest and his sixth in a row.

*Lamar Patterson led the Panthers in scoring with a career-high 19 points. He has now scored in double figures in 15 games this season and 17 times in his career. Patterson also set a career-high with eight field goals and tied a career-high with three 3-pointers.

*Tray Woodall scored 15 points and recorded a season-high 11 assists for his fifth double-double of the season and his first since Nov. 27, 2011 in an 81-71 win over Robert Morris. He also recorded a career-high eight rebounds, falling just two boards shy of a triple-double. The last Pitt player to register a triple-double was Ricardo Greer when he recorded 23 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists against Villanova on March 4, 1998. It was Woodall’s 13th double figure scoring game this season and the 24th of his career. It was Woodall’s fifth double-double of the year and sixth of his career.

*Talib Zanna scored 11 points, marking his sixth game scoring in double figures this season and his second in a row.

*Nasir Robinson recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Robinson’s 12 points mark the 17th time this season he’s scored in double figures and the seventh time he’s recorded double digit rebounds this year, including the 15th in his career. It was Robinson’s 10th career double-double.

*The Panthers doubled Princeton’s point total in the paint, 44-22 and outscored them 13-0 on second chance points.

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