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Nov. 30, 2011

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No. 17 Pitt vs. Duquesne, CONSOL Energy Center, November 30, 2011

No. 17 Pitt 80, Duquesne 69

*The game’s attendance of 15,880 marked the largest crowd to ever witness a City Game in the 80-year history of the game. The previous record was 15,824 at Mellon Arena on Feb. 15, 1981.

*With the victory in the 80th edition of the City Game, the Panthers improved to 49-31 all-time vs. Duquesne. The victory also gave Pitt its 11th consecutive win in the series, the longest win streak by either team in the series. Pitt has also claimed 30 of the series’ last 33 contests. There have been 13 games in the series involving at least one ranked team. On all 13 occasions, the ranked team has been victorious.

*The Panthers improved to 2-1 in the CONSOL Energy Center and 2-0 against Duquesne in the venue. Pitt’s previous game at the arena against Duquesne came on Dec. 10, 2010 in which Pitt won an 80-66 decision. The game marked the first-ever college basketball game in the building.

*Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon improved to 9-0 against Duquesne and is 102-8 against non-conference opponents.

*Tray Woodall, Ashton Gibbs, Lamar Patterson, Nasir Robinson and Khem Birch started the game for the Panthers.

*Gibbs led the Panthers with 18 points, his 13th consecutive double figure scoring game.

*Dante Taylor added 15 points on a perfect 6-of-6 field goal shooting night off the bench. Taylor’s 15 points were a career-high and he recorded his second career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Taylor’s other career double-double came on Dec. 8, 2010 when he had 14 points and 10 rebounds in a 70-42 win against Delaware State. It also marked his ninth career double figure scoring game and sixth career double figure rebounding game.

*Lamar Patterson also reached double digits in scoring with 10 points. It was his fourth career double figure scoring game and second of the season.

*John Johnson’s nine points, three 3-pointers made and 14 minutes played are all career-highs.

*The Panthers outrebounded Duquesne 39-15 and 16-3 in offensive rebounds. Pitt’s plus-18 rebound margin marked the third time this season they’ve outrebounded an opponent by 18 or more. The Panthers outrebounded Rider by 24 (43-19) and outrebounded La Salle by 18 (42-24).

*Pitt’s bench outscored Duquesne’s bench 34-16.

*Duquesne shot 52.1 percent from field goal range. The Dukes are the third team this season who have shot over 50 percent against the Panthers. The Panthers only allowed two teams (Rider and Tennessee) to shoot 50 percent or better from the field last season.

*The Panthers committed 23 turnovers, the most they’ve surrendered since they turned it over 23 times in an 83-79 win on Jan. 4, 2011 at Providence. The 23 turnovers tie for the third highest mark in the Jamie Dixon Era.

*Pitt completes its November schedule with a 6-1 overall record. The Panthers have claimed 53 of their last 55 November contests.

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