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March 22, 2012

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Pitt at Butler, March 21, 2012, Indianapolis, Ind., Hinkle Fieldhouse

Pitt 68, Butler 62 (OT)

*Pitt advances to the CBI Championship Series, a best two-of-three series, against Washington State. Washington State defeated Oregon State 72-55 earlier this evening. Pitt will travel to Washington State for game one on Monday, March 26. Washington State will travel to Pittsburgh for games on Wednesday, March 28 and Friday, March 30 (if necessary). All games will be televised nationally on HDNet. Tipoff times for the games are most likely 10 p.m. ET on Monday, 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday and 7 p.m. ET on Friday. 

*The Pitt-Butler matchup represented a rematch of last year’s NCAA Tournament Third Round game played in Washington, D.C. Butler defeated Pitt 71-70.

*Pitt won its 20th game for the 11th straight season. Pitt has enjoyed 20 20-win seasons in its basketball history. 

*Pitt played its first overtime game of the year and first overtime game since Feb. 27, 2011 at Louisville.

*Pitt won its third consecutive game. Pitt has now won four of its last six games. 

*Pitt’s bench outscored Butler’s 35-5.

*Pitt outscored Butler 16-10 in the overtime period. 

*Pitt improved to 6-8 all-time vs. Butler. Pitt played at Butler’s Hinkle Fieldhouse for the 13th time in school history. It was Pitt’s first game played at Butler since Dec. 10, 1946.

*Pitt won its first game on the year when trailing with 5:00 left to play in regulation. Pitt entered the game with an 0-16 record when trailing with 5:00 left in regulation. 

*Jamie Dixon won his 236th career game and moved into a tie for third place on the all-time coaching wins list after nine seasons as a head coach. He is now tied with Gonzaga’s Mark Few with 236 wins. The record is held by Kansas’ Roy Williams (247 wins from 1989-97). North Carolina State’s Everett Case ranks second on the list with 241 wins from 1947-55.

*Lamar Patterson registered his second career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. He also notched a career-high tying seven assists in a career-high 38 minutes. He scored 10 of his 13 points in either the second half or overtime periods. It marked his 18th career and 16th season double figure scoring game. 

*For the third consecutive game, Talib Zanna reached double figure scoring with 15 points (6-9 FG). It marked Zanna’s 11th career and seventh season double figure scoring game.

*Tray Woodall finished with 13 points and seven assists. It was Woodall’s third consecutive double figure scoring game, 25th of his career and 14th of the year. 

*J.J. Moore finished the game with 14 points, his 15th career and 11th season double figure scoring game. He scored 10 of his 14 points in the first half alone.

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