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Nov. 27, 2011

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Robert Morris at No. 17 Pitt, Petersen Events Center, November 27, 2011

No. 17 Pitt 81, Robert Morris 71

*With the victory, Pitt claimed the Philly HoopGroup Classic title with a perfect 4-0 record.

*The win improves the Panthers’ record in the Petersen Events Center to 153-13 and 88-2 against non-conference opponents in the venue. Pitt has now won 109 of its last 111 home games against non-conference opponents.

*Pitt improves to 30-0 all-time against Robert Morris in a series that dates back to Jan. 18, 1978. The Panthers are now also a perfect 69-0 all-time against Northeast Conference opponents with two more upcoming opponents: St. Francis, Pa. (Dec. 20) and Wagner (Dec. 23).

*Pitt’s 17-point halftime lead (42-25) was its largest of the season since its opening game when it led Albany by 21 (47-26).

*Tray Woodall, Ashton Gibbs, J.J. Moore, Nasir Robinson and Khem Birch started the game for the Panthers. It was Moore and Birch’s second consecutive starts as well as their second career starts.

*Talib Zanna set a career-high with 15 rebounds and recorded his second career double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds. His other double-double came Nov. 18, 2010 when he had 14 points and 12 rebounds in a 79-70 win over Maryland at Madison Square Garden. It was his first double figure scoring game since Feb. 16, 2011 when he totaled 11 points in a 67-55 win over South Florida. He also set career-highs for offensive rebounds (seven), minutes played (24) and tied career-highs for field goals made (5) and attempts (8). Zanna’s 15 rebounds marked the most by a Panther since Gary McGhee grabbed 15 at DePaul on Jan. 22, 2011.

*In his second consecutive start, Birch recorded eight points, 11 rebounds and six blocks. His 11 rebounds, 29 minutes played and six blocked shots were all new career-highs. Pitt’s school record for blocked shots in a game is seven by many players.

*Two Panthers recorded double figure rebounding (Zanna-15 and Birch-11). It marked the first time two Panthers players have recorded double figure rebound totals in the same game since Gary McGhee had 11 and Nasir Robinson pulled down 10 on Dec. 27 last season in a 78-63 win over Connecticut.

*Cameron Wright came off the bench to record career-highs in points (13), rebounds (three), steals (two) and minutes played (18). Wright also converted a career-high 6-7 field goals and hit his first career 3-pointer.

*Gibbs led the Panthers in scoring with 21 points. The 20-point game marked his 12th consecutive double figure scoring game. It also marked his 27th 20-point game of his career and fourth in six games on the year.

*Woodall recorded 12 points and 10 assists for his fourth double-double of the season and the fifth of his career. It was the fourth time this season that he recorded 10 or more assists and also marked his 16th career game scoring in double figures.

*Pitt held Robert Morris to 37 percent field goal shooting, its lowest opponent mark since UNC-Asheville shot 30.0 percent on March 17, 2011.

*John Johnson finished 2-for-2 from three-point range, raising his season totals to 7-for-9 (77 percent) from beyond the arc.

*Dante Taylor sat out his second consecutive game due to headaches while Lamar Patterson sat out his second straight game while serving a suspension.

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