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Lehigh at Pitt • Petersen Events Center • November 17, 2013

Pitt 77, Lehigh 58

*Pitt has gotten off to a 4-0 start for the second straight year and 15th time in the last 16 seasons.

*Pitt now travels to Brooklyn, N.Y. and the Barclays Center to play Texas Tech on Monday, Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2. The winner advances to the championship game on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 9:30 p.m. on ESPNU against either Stanford or Houston. The loser plays in the consolation game at 7 p.m.

*Pitt has now swept its home slate of the Progressive Legends Classic with victories against Howard (84-52) and Lehigh (77-58). The last time the Panthers won each of their home contests in the Legends Classic was in 2008 when they went on to defeat Washington State (57-43) for the title. Pitt is now a combined 6-0 in Legends Classic games with two to go.

*The Panthers have held each of their first four opponents on the season to 58 or fewer points for the first time since 1946-47.

*Sophomore guard James Robinson’s 11 assists surpassed his previous career-high in dimes (nine) set on Dec. 19, 2012 vs. Delaware State. Robinson’s 11:0 assist-to-turnover ratio tied for the second-best game ratio in program history, trailing on Levance Fields’ 13:0 effort which was accomplished against Cincinnati on Feb. 14, 2009. It was the first time Robinson registered a 10-plus assist game.

*Senior center Talib Zanna scored a career-high 23 points on 90.0% (9/10) shooting. Zanna also recorded his second double-double (23 points, 14 rebounds) of the season and the eighth of his career. His last double-double came on Nov. 12, 2013 vs. Fresno State (19 points, 10 rebounds). The 20-point performance also marked his fourth career 20-point scoring contest.

*Sophomore forward Durand Johnson finished with career highs for points (15) and 3-point field goals made (five) in 23 minutes played tonight. Johnson hit all five of his 3-pointers in the first half alone. The school-record for most 3-pointers in a half is six by two different players: Jason Maile, Villanova, Feb. 12, 1997 and Jason Matthews, at Providence, March 3, 1990. Johnson also set a career-high for most 3-point field goal attempts (5-8) on the evening.

*Senior forward Lamar Patterson scored 17 points against Lehigh with five rebounds and four assists. Patterson tied his career-high for field goal attempts (13) on the evening while teaming up with Johnson as the only Panthers to record multiple 3-point field goals (2/3) tonight.

*Pitt improved to 184-22 all-time at the Petersen Events Center with tonight’s victory.

*Pitt earned its 13th consecutive non-conference home victory tonight and has now won 90 of its last 102 games at the Petersen Events Center. The Panthers have also won 126 of their last 129 games against regular season non-conference opponents at home. Pitt improved to 105-3 all-time against non-conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center.

*Dating back to the 2009-10 season, the Panthers have won 19 consecutive games against Pennsylvania-based basketball programs.

*Pitt is now 2-0 against Lehigh under head coach Jamie Dixon. Last season, the Panthers defeated the Mountain Hawks, 78-53, in their second contest of the 2013 NIT Season Tip-Off at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt improved to 5-5 in 10 all-time games against Lehigh.

*Pitt also improved to 49-1 in November contests at the Petersen Events Center.

*All 11 Panthers who took the floor tonight scored.

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