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Nov. 8, 2010

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2K Sports Classic/Coaches vs. Cancer

Rhode Island at Pitt, Petersen Events Center, November 8, 2010

Pitt 83, Rhode Island 75


*Pitt extended its home winning streak against non-conference opponents to a school-record 48 games. Pitt has now won 97 of its last 98 home games against regular season non-conference opponents. The Panthers have also won 14 straight season-openers dating back to the 1997 season and 20 of their last 21 season openers. Jamie Dixon improves to a perfect 8-0 on opening night as Head Coach.


*Now in its ninth year in the arena, Pitt improved its all-time Petersen Events Center record to 133-11. The Panthers are 76-1 all-time against non-conference opponents in the Petersen Events center and have now won 39 of their last 40 home contests.


*Pitt improved to 6-1 all-time against Rhode Island and has now won six straight in the series.


*The largest lead in the game by either team was eight points. Rhode Island led Pitt by eight in the first half with 1:31 to play before the Panthers used two Brad Wanamaker layups, an Ashton Gibbs 3-point play and a Lamar Patterson dunk to end the half on a 9-0 run. Pitt‘s largest lead of the game–also eight points– came in the second half with 5:08 remaining.


*Pitt outscored Rhode Island 38-14 in the paint. The Panthers also had 14 more second-chance points (19-5) and 17 more fast-break points (30-13) than the Rams.


*The matchup featured five ties and 12 lead changes.


*Pitt’s next game will be its second in the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer when the Panthers host Illinois-Chicago on Wednesday at 7 p.m.


*Pitt’s starters for the contest were: Forwards Gilbert Brown and Talib Zanna, guards Ashton Gibbs and Brad Wanamaker and center Gary McGhee. The Panthers played nine players and eight of those nine registered double-digit minutes, including seven players with 20 or more minutes played.


*Pitt Redshirt freshman forward Talib Zanna made his first-career start against the Rams. Zanna finished the game with nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds in 20 minutes of play. His 11 rebounds rank fourth all-time on Pitt’s freshman debut rebounding list behind Sam Clancy (16), DeJuan Blair (14) and Chris Taft (12).


*The Panthers had three players reach double-figures in senior Brad Wanamaker (24 points), junior Ashton Gibbs (22 points) and senior Gilbert Brown (10 points).


*Brad Wanamaker’s 24 points tied a career-high (vs. West Virginia on Feb. 12, 2009) and were a game-high. His eight assists were a team-high. His seven field goals made also tied a career-high (three other times). It was Wanamaker’s 29th career double-figure scoring game.


*Ashton Gibbs’ 22 points gave him 29 games in his career reaching double-figures. He’s reached 20 or more points on 12 occasions.


*Gilbert Brown’s 10 points gives him 19 career-games reaching double-figures.


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