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Dec. 1, 2012

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Detroit at Pitt, Petersen Events Center, December 1, 2012
Pitt 74, Detroit 61

*Pitt defeated Detroit 74-61 and collected its 1,500th win in program history. The Panthers are 1,500-1,065 all-time. The win moves Pitt to 7-1 on the season and Detroit falls to 2-4.

*Pitt won its 11th consecutive home game, its 11th longest home win streak in school history. Pitt also improves to 170-19 at the Petersen Events Center and 97-3 against non-conference opponents. The Panthers have won 118 of their last 122 home games against non-conference opponents.

*The Panthers outscored Detroit 45-24 in the second half and turned an eight point halftime deficit (37-29) into a 13 point victory (74-61). Pitt trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half. The 21-point turnaround tied for the fifth largest in school history. The record is a 26-point turnaround against St. Francis on Dec. 5, 1983.

*Tray Woodall converted on a season-high four 3-pointers. He finished with 14 points and this marked his sixth game in double-figures this season and the 32nd of his career. With three assists tonight, he also tied Vonteego Cummings for seventh place on Pitt’s career assists list with 458.

*Talib Zanna converted a career-best 10-11 from the free throw line. His previous career-high from the charity stripe was six which he accomplished on two separate occasions (vs. Delaware, 11/23/12 and vs. Washington State, 3/28/12). Zanna also led the Panthers in scoring with 16 points. This is the third time this season he has led the Panthers in scoring fifth time he has reached double-figures this season (18th of his career).

*Pitt had four players score in double-figures. Joining Woodall and Zanna were Lamar Patterson (12) and James Robinson (11). Patterson also tied his career-high with seven assists. He has now tallied seven assists in a game six times in his career.

*Pitt shot 48 percent from the floor for the game (24-50) and made 8-17 from the 3-point line. This is the third time this season Pitt has made eight 3-pointers in a game. Detroit shot 38.8 percent for the game (19-49) and was 9-28 from behind the arc.

*Pitt outscored Detroit by 21 points in the second half (45-24) and shot 63.6 percent (14-22).

*Detroit’s Ray McCallum tallied a game-high 24 points on 7-13 shooting and 4-7 from 3-point range.

*Detroit led 37-29 at halftime. This was the second time Pitt trailed at halftime this season (14 point deficit vs. Oakland on Nov. 17) and the Panthers have now won both of those contests when trailing at half.

*The Titans shot 47.6 percent from the floor in the first half (10-21) and made six of their 14 shots from behind the arc. Pitt shot 35.7 percent in the opening half (10-28) and made four of their 11 3-point attempts. Woodall made three of the Panthers’ four 3-pointers in the half.

*Pitt scored the first six points of the contest, but Detroit then tallied 15 of the next 17 points over a six minute span and led for the remainder of the half.

*Pitt scored the first eight points of the second half and held the Titans scoreless for the first 6:52 of the half.

*Woodall’s 3-pointer at the 12:08 mark gave Pitt a 42-41 lead, its first lead since it was 8-5 in the first half.

*The game featured five ties and two lead changes. Four of those ties came in the second half. The Panthers outscore the Titans 28-18 in the paint and then bench scoring was 20-19 in favor of the Panthers.

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