Nov. 10, 2010
2K Sports Classic/Coaches vs. Cancer, Game 2
Illinois-Chicago at Pitt, Petersen Events Center, November 10, 2010
Pitt 97, Illinois-Chicago 54
*Pitt's 43-point victory marked its fifth 40-point win in the Petersen Events Center. The 43-point win also ranked tied for 18th among Pitt's all-time largest victories. Pitt's largest lead of the night was 45 points.
*Pitt extended its home winning streak against non-conference opponents to a school-record 49 consecutive games. Pitt has now won 98 of its last 99 home games against regular season non-conference opponents.
*Now in its ninth year in the arena, Pitt improved its all-time Petersen Events Center record to 134-11. The Panthers are 77-1 all-time against non-conference opponents in the Petersen Events center and have now won 40 of their last 41 home contests.
*Pitt is now 1-0 all-time against Illinois-Chicago. The Panthers now hold a 20-11 all-time record against opponents currently in the Horizon League.
*Pitt held Illinois-Chicago to just 54 points and has now held 83 of 145 opponents inside the Petersen Events Center to less than 60 points, including 58 of 78 non-conference opponents. When holding opponents to 60 points or less, Pitt is 149-5 over the last 10 years.
*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.
*Gilbert Brown scored the first points of the contest with a deep jumper and the Panthers never trailed in the game. Pitt built a 22-6 lead early in the game and entered the half with a 43-29 advantage.
*Pitt outrebounded Illinois-Chicago, 45-25 including 26-12 in the fist half. Of Pitt's 26 first-half rebounds, 11 came on the offensive end.
*The Panthers assisted on 27 of 37 field goals made on the day, including 13 of 16 in the first half.
*Pitt held a 57.8% clip shooting on the night (37-64) and converted on 52.4% of its 3-point attempts (11-21). Its field goal percentage eclipsed last season's high (55.8%).
*Twelve Pitt players saw action in the contest, with 10 registering at least two points.
*Junior guard Ashton Gibbs was the only player on either team to eclipse the 20-point mark, knocking down a step-back jumper midway through the second half to put him over 20. Gibbs finished the contest with a game-high 24 points and a career-high seven assists. He knocked down 5-10 3-point attempts, including two in a row during the first half to bring Pitt's lead to 36-18. He also finished with a career-high seven assists.
*Senior guard Brad Wanamaker finished the game with 17 points, nine assists and six rebounds in 25 minutes. Wanamaker had 11 points, seven assists and three rebounds in 17 minutes of play during the first half.
*The Panthers had 16 of their first 19 points scored by either Gilbert Brown or Brad Wanamaker. Wanamaker with nine points in that stretch while Brown had seven. Wanamaker also added two rebounds, two assists and was 4-4 shooting during seven minutes of play in that stretch.
*Pitt freshman J.J. Moore saw the first action of his career when he checked in to the game with 14:59 to go in the first half. His first basket came with just under 7:00 to play when he knocked down a jumper from the corner to give Pitt a 30-16 lead. Moore finished the game with nine points on 4-7 shooting on the night.
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