Nov. 24, 2009
Pitt vs. Wichita State, November 23, 2009
O’Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic, Kansas City, Mo.
*Pitt claimed a 68-55 win over Wichita State in the O’Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic Semifinal Game. The Panthers advance to the CBE Classic Championship Game vs. No. 3 Texas on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 9:50 p.m. ET.
*Pitt improves to 4-0 on the year. Pitt is off to its 11th straight 4-0 start to a season.
*Pitt improved to 1-1 all-time vs. Wichita State. The Panthers also are 12-16 all-time vs. Missouri Valley Conference opponents. Pitt played Wichita State for the first time in school history on Dec. 26, 1964, a 109-58 loss. Prior to this evening’s game, the last time Pitt played a MVC team was Bradley in the 2006 NCAA Tournament, a 72-66 loss on March 19, 2006.
*The win represented Jamie Dixon’s 167th career victory. He pulled into a tie for seventh place on the NCAA Division I all-time wins list after seven seasons as a head coach. He tied Michigan State’s Tom Izzo (1996-2002), who went 167-65 in his first seven seasons. The all-time record is 188 wins by Gonzaga’s Mark Few from 2000-06.
*Pitt has now won 38 consecutive November games dating back to a 69-63 loss to South Florida on November 25, 2001.
*Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon extends his November record to a perfect 35-0. Combining his November and December records, Dixon now owns a 74-3 all-time record in his seven years as head coach. He is a combined 77-4 vs. non-conference opponents.
*Pitt improved to 21-8 in neutral site contests over the last five seasons.
*Pitt has now won 53 of its last 56 games against non-conference opponents.
*Pitt held its fourth straight opponent to 60 points or less on the year. Over the last nine years, Pitt has held 139 opponents to 60 points or less. Pitt is 135-4 in those games including a 4-0 record this year and 12-0 record in 2008-09.
*Travon Woodall scored a career-high 19 points. He also reached career-highs for field goals made (5), free throws made (7), free throw attempts (10) and steals (4).
*With his career-high 10 points, junior Gary McGhee reached double figure scoring for the first time in his career. He played in a career-high 25 minutes.
*For the third straight game, Ashton Gibbs reached double figure scoring with 18 points. He tied a career-high with four assists and played a career-high 34 minutes.