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Nov. 25, 2008

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Pitt vs. Belmont, November 25, 2008, Petersen Events Center


*Sam Young scored a career-high and Pitt Petersen Events Center record 33 points on the evening. The effort tied for the highest individual scoring mark in the Jamie Dixon-Ben Howland Era. Ricardo Greer also scored 33 points at Syracuse on Feb. 16, 2000. With his 33 points, Sam Young registered his first-ever 30-point performance. It marked his 19th career 20-plus scoring game and second of the season. The last time a Pitt player scored over 30 points was Carl Krauser, who scored 32 points vs. Syracuse on Jan. 23, 2006.


*Young also moved into 16th place on Pitt’s all-time scoring list with 1,291 total points. He surpassed Sean Miller (1,282 points from 1987-92), Chevon Troutman (1,274 points from 2001-05) and Jaron Brown (1,258 points from 2000-04) on the evening.


*Young’s 13 field goals made set a new career high. His previous high in field goals was 10 in five different games, last accomplished vs. Providence on Feb. 12, 2008.


*With his 17 points, Levance Fields reached double figure scoring for the 50th time in his career. It was the fourth in five games this season that he scored in double figures. Fields hit four 3-points on the day.


*Junior college transfer Jermaine Dixon reached double figure scoring for the second time this season. He finished with 10 points in 31 minutes.


*Sophomore Gary McGhee made his first career start at center for Pitt. He replaced DeJuan Blair. Blair missed the first game of his two-year career.


*Sophomore Gilbert Brown made his first appearance of the season in the 12th minute of the game. He finished the game with two points and four rebounds in 15 minutes.


*With the win, Pitt improved to 101-10 in its seventh year in the Petersen Events Center. Pitt also improved to 61-1 vs. non-conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center and has now won 82 of its last 83 home games against regular season non-conference opponents.


*Pit won its 33rd consecutive home game against a non-conference home opponent. The 33 victories mark a school record.


*Pitt and Belmont met for the first time in series history. The Panthers are now 5-1 all-time vs. Atlantic Sun Conference opponents.


*With the win, Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon improved to a perfect 29-0 in November games. Combining his November and December games, Dixon is now 62-3 in those contests.


*Dixon is in his sixth season as head coach at Pitt and now owns a 137-40 overall record.


*Pitt limited Belmont to 60 points on the evening. The Panthers have limited each of their first five opponents to less than 70 points. Since Jamie Dixon became head coach, Pitt has held 143 of its 177 opponents under 70 points.

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