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Nov. 13, 2009

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Wofford at Pitt, Petersen Events Center, November 13, 2009


*Pitt honored last season’s Pitt team by raising its NCAA Elite Eight banner during a pregame ceremony. The ceremony included video well-wishes from 2008-09 seniors Levance Fields, Tyrell Biggs and Sam Young, along with DeJuan Blair. The 2008-09 team reached the NCAA Elite Eight/Regional Final for the first time in 35 years, ascended to the nation’s No. 1 national ranking for the first time in program history and earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.


*Pitt extended its home win streak to 22 consecutive games. The 22-game win streak ranks third among the school’s all-time longest home win streaks. The school record is 40 straight home wins from Jan. 22, 2001-Feb. 15, 2004. Pitt won its first 34 games to open the Petersen Events Center.


*Pitt’s 22-game home win streak ranks as the third longest win streak in NCAA Division I. According to the NCAA, the other longest win streaks include: Kansas (42 after beating Hofstra tonight), Utah State (34), Pitt (22), Cornell (21), Siena (21), Dayton (20), Missouri (19).


*The Panthers have now won 39 straight at home against non-conference opponents. Pitt was 13-0 overall against non-conference games last season.


*Pitt improved to 67-1 in games played against non-conference opponents in the Petersen Events Center


*With the win, Pitt improved its all-time home record to 116-10 at the Petersen Events Center.


*Pitt has now won 13 consecutive season openers, a streak that began in 1997. Pitt improved to 70-33 all-time record in 103 season openers.


*With the win, Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon improves to 7-0 on opening day.


*Pitt held Wofford to 60 points on the day. Under Jamie Dixon, Pitt has held 166 of its 209 opponents under 70 points. Pitt’s record is 164-45 during that span. When holding opponents to 60 points or less, Pitt improved to 132-4 over the last 10 years. Pitt has now held opponents to 70 points or less in 112 of 126 games at the Petersen Events Center and has held non-conference opponents to 70 points or less in 64 of 68 games.


*Pitt and Wofford met for the first time in school history. With the win, Pitt is now 7-2 all-time vs. Southern Conference opponents. Pitt Associate Head Coach Tom Herrion compiled a 6-2 record vs. Wofford as the Head Coach at the College of Charleston.


*Travon Woodall (guard), Ashton Gibbs (guard), Nasir Robinson (forward) and Brad Wanamaker (forward) made their first ever collegiate starts. Gary McGhee (center) made his second start. It was Wanamaker’s 67th game played.


*Guard Chase Adams and center Dante Taylor scored their first ever points in a Pitt uniform. Adams, a transfer from Centenary, scored three points, while Taylor added 13.


*Sophomore Nasir Robinson tallied career-highs for points (9), field goals made (4), field goals attempted (7), defensive rebounds (4), total rebounds (5), minutes played (29). He also connected on a 3-pointer in the second half — his first ever attempt.


*Junior guard Brad Wanamaker tied his career high in points (15) field goals attempted (10) and free throw attempts (10). He’s now scored in double figures six times in his career. Wanamaker scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half.


*Junior center Gary McGhee registered career-highs for blocked shots (3), defensive rebounds (5) and minutes played (21), while tying his career high in points (7) and total rebounds (8).


*Gibbs had career highs in minutes played (31), field goal attempts (12) while tying his career high in assists (3).


*Freshman center Dante Taylor had 13 points and five rebounds in his collegiate debut. Taylor played 19 minutes and was 3-5 from the free throw line.


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