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Nov. 23, 2010

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Robert Morris at Pitt, Petersen Events Center, November 23, 2010

Pitt 74, Robert Morris 53


*With the win, Pitt extended its home winning streak against non-conference opponents to a school-record 51 consecutive games. Pitt has now won 100 of its last 101 home games against regular season non-conference opponents.


*Now in its ninth year in the arena, Pitt improved its all-time Petersen Events Center record to 136-11. The Panthers are now 79-1 all-time against non-conference opponents in the Petersen Events Center and have now won 42 of their last 43 overall home contests.


*In a local rivalry dating back to 1978, Pitt is now 29-0 all-time against Robert Morris. Pitt is also 69-0 all-time against Northeast Conference opponents.


*Pitt outrebounded Robert Morris, 51-36. The Panthers have now outrebounded five or their six opponents on the season (Texas outrebounded Pitt by two: 37-35) and are outrebounding opponents by an average of 16.3 rebounds per game.


*With its 16 offensive rebounds on the evening, Pitt has now grabbed 10 or more offensive rebounds in each of its first six games.


*Pitt held Robert Morris to 53 points. The Panthers have now held 85 of 147 opponents inside the Petersen Events Center to 60 or less points, including 60 of 80 non-conference opponents. When holding opponents to 60 points or less, Pitt is 151-5 over the last nine years. It was the third time this season Pitt has held opponents to that number.


*Pitt led 33-28 at the half and opened up the second period of play with five straight points from Ashton Gibbs. Robert Morris then cut Pitt’s lead to as little as five (44-39) midway through the second half before Pitt had consecutive 3-pointers from Gilbert Brown, Ashton Gibbs and Brad Wanamaker, a dunk from Brown and an and-one from Gary McGhee to extend the lead to 17 (58-41). Pitt eventually built a 26-point lead with 1:24 remaining in the contest.


*Pitt outscored Robert Morris in the paint, 30-16. The Panthers also outscored Robert Morris, 25-11, in second-chance points and held a 13-0 advantage on fast break points.


*Pitt’s starters for the contest were: forwards Gilbert Brown and Talib Zanna, guards Ashton Gibbs and Brad Wanamaker and center Gary McGhee.


*Pitt junior forward Nasir Robinson faced off against former high school teammate and current Robert Morris redshirt sophomore forward Russell Johnson. The two played together at Chester High School and won a state championship together during their senior season. Robinson pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds (tied, vs. Louisville, 1-16-2010) in 23 minutes on the night while Johnson scored a team-high 15 points and added 12 rebounds in 30 minutes.


*Senior guard Brad Wanamaker scored 17 points in the game, including 11 in the first half. He also converted on 7-8 free throws and added a game-high seven assists. It was the fifth time in six games this season that Wanamaker has reached double-figure scoring. Wanamaker also added seven rebounds and a game-high two steals.


*Junior guard Ashton Gibbs finished with a game-high 20 points on 7-15 shooting, including 4-8 from 3-point range. Gibbs has reached double-figure scoring in each game this season and now has four games this season reaching 20-plus points. It was Gibbs’ 42nd game reaching double figures and the 15th of his career reaching 20 or more in the scoring column.


*Senior center Gary McGhee, making his 40th consecutive start at center for Pitt, scored a season-high 11 points on the night and added a career-high tying 12 rebounds (tied, vs. West Virginia, 2-12-10).


*Senior forward Gilbert Brown scored 11 points on 5-7 shooting. Brown has now reached double-figure scoring in four of Pitt’s six games on the year.

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