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2K Sports Classic/Coaches vs. Cancer Classic

Pitt vs. Texas, Madison Square Garden, November 19, 2010

Pitt 68, Texas 66


*Pitt won the 2K Sports Classic/Coaches vs. Cancer Classic title with a 68-66 win over Texas in the championship game.


*Pitt's Ashton Gibbs was named the Tournament's Most Valuable Player. Other all-tournament team members included Travon Woodall (Pitt), Jordan Hamilton (Texas), Jordan Williams (Maryland) and Demetri McCamey (Illinois).


*With the win, Pitt improves to 26-11 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.


*Pitt has now claimed 14 of its last 19 games at Madison Square Garden.


*Head Coach Jamie Dixon improved to 18-9 in his 27 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 193-54 all-time in his eight years as head coach at Pitt.


*Pitt improved to 40-39 all-time in games played at Madison Square Garden. Pitt's first game at the Garden was on Jan. 17, 1935 vs. Fordham.


*With the win, Pitt has now won 45 of its last 46 November games since Nov. 25, 2001. The only loss was to No. 3 Texas last year in the CBE Classic, a 78-62 loss in Kansas City. In addition, Jamie Dixon owns a 42-1 record in November games. He is now a combined 88-6 overall in non-conference games.


*Pitt improved to 2-1 all-time vs. Texas.


*For the fifth time in five games, Pitt totaled 10 or more offensive rebounds. The Panthers grabbed 13 offensive rebounds in the contest.


*Ashton Gibbs tied a season-high with a Pitt-high 24 points on the evening. It marked his 14th 20-point scoring night and his 41st career double figure scoring game. He has reached double figure scoring in each of Pitt's five games this year including three 20-point performances.


*Forward Nasir Robinson made his second 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 24 minutes off the bench, scored nine points and hit a career-high tying 5-6 free throws. Against Maryland on Thursday, he played seven minutes off the bench, scored four points (1-3 FG) and hit two free throws.

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