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Nov. 25, 2011

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No. 17 Pitt at Penn, November 25, 2011, Philadelphia, Pa., The Palestra

No. 17 Pitt 78, Penn 58

*Pitt’s 20-point victory was its largest of the year and largest since a 74-51 NCAA Tournament win over UNC-Asheville on March 17, 2011. Pitt improved to 4-1 on the year. 

*Pitt is now undefeated in Philly HoopGroup Classic play with victories over Rider, LaSalle and now Penn. Pitt plays its final Philly HoopGroup Classic game on Sunday vs. Robert Morris at 5 p.m.

*The win marked Pitt’s first road game of the 2011-12 season. Pitt has now won 22 of its last 30 road games. 

*The last time Pitt faced Penn at the Palestra was on Dec. 28, 1964. Pitt improved to 7-7 all-time vs. Penn and 3-3 all-time vs. Penn at the Palestra. Pitt has now won three straight games vs. Penn including an 82-58 win over the Quakers at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt also improves to 42-19 all-time vs. Ivy League schools.

*Pitt played its 21st all-time game at the Palestra and its first game at the Palestra since Jan. 18, 1986, a 74-70 Villanova win. Pitt is now 7-14 all-time in Palestra games. The 20-point victory marked Pitt’s all-time largest victory at the Palestra. 

*Pitt shot a season-high 58.5 percent (31-53) from the field and finished with a season-high nine steals.

*Jamie Dixon won his 220th career victory. He is now 220-61 in his nine-year career. 

*Freshman Khem Birch registered his first career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds in his first career start. He set career-highs for scoring (15), rebounding (10), minutes played (28), defensive rebounds (6), field goals made and attempted (6-8), free throws made and attempted (3-5) and blocked shots (tied, 3). It was his first double figure scoring and double figure rebounding game.

*Sophomore J.J. Moore made his first career start. He finished with a season-high 12 points and played in a career-high 31 minutes. It was his fifth career and second season double figure scoring game. 

*Ashton Gibbs registered his 11th consecutive double figure scoring game and fifth of the year with 16 points. He hit 4-6 3-pointers and has now converted at least three 3-pointers in 47 career games.

*Chester native Nasir Robinson finished the night with 14 points on 6-10 field goal shooting. It marked Robinson’s fourth consecutive double figure scoring game and has now hit 35-50 field goals on the year. Robinson also finished with a career-high three steals. 

*Talib Zanna scored a season-high eight points (4-4 FGM).

*Two starters—Dante Taylor and Lamar Patterson— did not play due to various reasons. Taylor, who suffered a head injury in Pitt’s last game vs. LaSalle, was held out due to headaches. Patterson was suspended.

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