Nov. 22, 2008
Pitt vs. Indiana, Pa., November 22, 2008, Petersen Events Center
*Pitt won its 100th game in the Petersen Events Center. Pitt is in its seventh year in the Petersen Events Center and improved to 100-10 all-time in the building. Pitt also improved to 60-1 vs. non-conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center and has now won 81 of its last 82 home games against regular season non-conference opponents.
*Following the game, the Oakland Zoo held up blue signs with the words “100” printed on them. A video tribute was played on the arena’s PantherVision displaying various photos, video and images of the 100 victories in the Petersen Events Center.
*Pit won its 32nd consecutive home game against a non-conference home opponent. The 32 victories mark a school record.
*With his career-high 27 points and 18 rebounds, DeJuan Blair registered his 17th career double-double. The game marked his third double-double in Pitt’s first four games. It was his 20th career double figure rebounding game and 29th career double figure scoring game. For the second consecutive game, Blair had more rebounds than Pitt’s opponent at halftime. Today, he had 16 rebounds to Indiana, Pa.’s 12 and on Friday vs. Akron he had nine to the Zips’ seven. Blair scored a career-high 27 points. His previous career-high was 22 points vs. DePaul on March 9, 2008. With his 18 boards, Blair also set the Legends Classic record for most rebounds in a game. The previous record was 13. He also set a career-high for most field goals made with 13.
*Pitt’s IUP ties:
IUP Head Coach Joe Lombardi was an assistant coach at Pitt from 2003-06. IUP Assistant Coach John Janovsky was a student manager at Pitt from 1999-2004. IUP player Maurice Polen lettered two years at Pitt (2006-08) as a walk-on.
*Former Pitt walk-on Maurice Polen started at center for Indiana (Pa.) today. Polen played two years at Pitt. He played in 21 career games, scored nine points and added 15 rebounds. He helped Pitt win a Big East Championship ring last year.
*Ashton Gibbs scored a career-high 10 points.
*Pitt and Indiana (Pa.) met for the ninth time in series history. The Panthers improve to 9-0 all-time vs. the Crimson Hawks. The last game between the two schools was played in 1986. The two teams met last year in exhibition play when Pitt defeated the Crimson Hawks 83-31.
*With the win, Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon improved to a perfect 28-0 in November games. Combining his November and December games, Dixon is now 61-3 in those contests.
*Dixon began his sixth season as head coach at Pitt and now owns a 136-40 overall record.
*Pitt limited Indiana (Pa.) to 60 points on the evening. The Panthers have limited each of their first four opponents to less than 70 points. Since Jamie Dixon became head coach, Pitt has held 142 of its 176 opponents under 70 points.
*Pitt grabbed a 20-0 lead before IUP registered its first points of the game with a 3-pointer at the 13:27 mark.
*Indiana (Pa.) is an NCAA Division II team. The game counts on Pitt’s record but is not counted for RPI purposes.