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March 28, 2012

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Washington State at Pitt, CBI Championship Series-Game Two, Petersen Events Center, March 28, 2012

Pitt 57, Washington State 53

*With the win, the Panthers force a third and final game in the best-of-three championship series of the College Basketball Invitational. The game will be played at the Petersen Events Center on Friday, March 30 at 7 p.m.

*With the win, Pitt improves to 163-19 all-time at the Petersen Events Center.

*Pitt is making its first appearance in the fifth annual CBI. The Panthers have advanced to postseason play 12 consecutive seasons, including 10 straight NCAA Tournament appearances from 2001-11. Pitt was one of only seven programs in the nation to advance to the NCAA Tournament in each of the past 10 seasons.

*The Panthers allowed only 20 points in the first half, the fewest they’ve allowed in a half this season. The previous low was 21 when St. Francis scored that many in a 71-47 loss to the Panthers on Dec. 20, 2011. It was the fewest points the Panthers have allowed in a half since Villanova scored 18 in a 60-50 loss at the Petersen Events Center on March 5, 2011.

*Talib Zanna led the Panthers in scoring with 14 points, marking the fourth time he’s scored in double figures in the last five games. It was the eighth time Zanna has reached double figures this season and the 12th time in his career. He also led the Panthers with eight rebounds. Zanna set career highs for free throws made (six) and free throw attempts (eight).

*Nasir Robinson scored 10 points. He has now scored in double figures 19 times this season and 40 times in his career.

*Lamar Patterson’s 10 points mark the 17th time this season and the 19th time in his career that he has reached double figures. He has scored in double figures in four of the last five games. Patterson set career-highs in free throws made (eight) and free throws attempted (10). He also tied a career-high with two blocks.

*Of Pitt’s 28 second half points, 13 came from the free throw line.

*Ashton Gibbs missed his first game of the season with an ankle injury. He has battled ankle injuries all season.

*Cameron Wright started his ninth game of the season for the Panthers. It was his first start since Jan. 1, 2012 against Cincinnati.

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