Nov. 21, 2008
Pitt vs. Akron, November 21, 2008, Petersen Events Center
*With the victory tonight, Pitt won its 99th game in the Petersen Events Center. Pitt now needs one more victory to reach the 100-win mark. Pitt is its seventh year in the Petersen Events Center and improved to 99-10 all-time in the building. Pitt also improved to 59-1 vs. non-conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center and now won 80 of its last 81 home games against regular season non-conference opponents.
*Pit won its 31st consecutive home game against a non-conference home opponent. The 31 victories mark a school record.
*With his 16 points and 13 rebounds, DeJuan Blair registered his 16th career double-double. The game marked his second double-double in Pitt’s first three games. It was his 19th career double figure rebounding game and 28th career double figure scoring game. Blair also totaled a career-high five steals in the contest.
*With 26 points, Sam Young registered his 18th career 20-point game. He remains in 20th place on Pitt’s all-time career scoring list with 1,249 points. Young reached double figure scoring for the 23rd consecutive game and reached double figures for the 47th time in his last 51 games. It was his 66th career double figure scoring contest.
*Levance Fields set a career-high with 12 free throws made. He also tied a career-high with 14 free throw attempts. On the year, Fields has 27 assists and only two turnovers. The 19 points marked his 48th double figure scoring game.
*Tyrell Biggs tied a career-high with 11 rebounds. He also grabbed 11 vs. Toledo on Dec. 1, 2007. It marked his third career double figure rebound game. He also registered a career-high seven offensive rebounds.
*Akron and Pitt met for the fourth time in series history. The Panthers improve to 3-1 all-time vs. Akron. The last game between the two schools was played in 1987. Pitt won its seventh consecutive game against Mid-American Conference schools and improved to 33-26 all-time vs. MAC opponents.
*With the win, Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon improved to a perfect 27-0 in November games. Combining his November and December games, Dixon is now 60-3 in those contests.
*Dixon began his sixth season as head coach at Pitt and now owns a 135-40 overall record.
*At the half, Pitt had outrebounded Akron 29-9 with 17 offensive rebounds. DeJuan Blair had 10 rebounds to Akron’s nine.
*Pitt limited Akron to 67 points on the evening. The Panthers have limited each of their first three opponents to less than 70 points. Since Jamie Dixon became head coach, Pitt has held 141 of its 175 opponents under 70 points.
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