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Nov. 19, 2010

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Maryland vs. Pitt, Madison Square Garden, November 18, 2010

Pitt 79, Maryland 70


*With the win, Pitt improves to 25-11 at Madison Square Garden since the 2000-01 season. Pitt was named Madison Square Garden’s Team of the Decade last year after it has won two Big East titles (2003 and 2008) and advanced to the Big East title game in seven of the last 10 years.


*Head Coach Jamie Dixon improved to 17-9 in his 26 career games at Madison Square Garden. He coached his first career game in the Coaches vs. Cancer at Madison Square Garden, a 71-62 win over Alabama on Nov. 14, 2003. Dixon is now 192-54 all-time in his eight years as head coach at Pitt.


*Pitt improved to 39-39 all-time in games played at Madison Square Garden. Pitt’s first game at the Garden was on Jan. 17, 1935 vs. Fordham.


*Pitt outrebounded Maryland 49-28 in the contest for a plus-21 margin on the boards. On the year and through Pitt’s first four games, the Panthers have a plus-21.8 rebounding margin on the year.


*Pitt grabbed 15 offensive rebounds on the evening. The Panthers have now grabbed at least 10 rebounds in each of their four games this year.


*The two teams combined for 54 total fouls. Pitt committed 26 and Maryland committed 28.


*After four games, Pitt is averaging 88.5 points per game. Pitt’s 79 points were its fewest on the year.


*Pitt’s 16 turnovers marked a team season-high through four games.


*Despite its 31-27 halftime lead, Pitt shot just 30 percent (9-30) in the first. The Panthers shot 66.7 percent (16-24) in the second half.


*Pitt had five players reach double-figure scoring, including Talib Zanna (14), Ashton Gibbs (13), Gilbert Brown (11), Travon Woodall (11) and Brad Wanamaker (10).


*With his 14 points and game-high 12 rebounds, Talib Zanna registered his first career double-double. The 14 points and 12 rebounds also represented career-highs for Zanna. His nine defensive rebounds were a career-high.


*Forward Nasir Robinson made his first appearance of the season. He sat out the season’s first three games after undergoing surgery on his right knee (torn meniscus). Robinson, who started all 34 games last season, played seven minutes off the bench, scored four points (1-3 FG) and hit two free throws.


*Ashton Gibbs finished with 13 points. It marked his 40th career double figure scoring game. He has reached double figure scoring in each of Pitt’s four games.


*With his 11 points, Travon Woodall reached double figure scoring for the eighth time in his career. He also tied a season-high with five assists and played a season-high 29 minutes.


*Gilbert Brown finished with 10 points and has now reached double figure scoring in three of four games on the year and in 31 career contests. He tied a career-high with seven free throws made.


*Brad Wanamaker scored 10 points and reached double figure scoring for the fourth straight contest this year. He now has 32 career games in double figures.


*Pitt improved to 2-5 all-time vs. Maryland. It snapped Maryland’s four-game win streak in the series.

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