Dec. 2, 2009
Pitt vs. Duquesne, Mellon Arena, December 2, 2009
Pitt 67, Duquesne 58 (2OT)
*Pitt and Duquesne met in the annual City Game at Mellon Arena for the final time. The game marked the final college basketball game played in the arena. Pitt has played a total of 113 games at Mellon Arena and moved to 62-51 all-time with the win.
*Pitt’s come-from-behind victory set a school record for largest deficit overcome to win. Pitt trailed by 13 points at halftime and by as many as 16 points in the second half. Previously, Pitt’s largest deficit overcome in school history was a 12-point halftime deficit to defeat St. Francis, Pa. (Dec. 5, 1983) and a 12-point deficit to defeat Duke (Dec. 20, 2008) in Madison Square Garden.
*Pitt and Duquesne met for the 78th time in series history and the 35th time at Mellon/Civic Arena. The Panthers improved to 47-31 overall against the Dukes and 21-14 overall against the Dukes at Mellon/Civic Arena.
*Pitt is now 9-0 in its last nine contests with Duquesne. The nine-game win streak dating back to December 22, 2001 ties Pitt’s longest win streak vs. the Dukes. The last time Pitt won nine straight vs. Duquesne was Feb. 14, 1982-Dec. 19, 1988. The Panthers have claimed 28 of the last 31 contests between the inner-city rivals.
*Tonight’s game was the first double-overtime contest in the City Game’s history. It also marked the first time the City Game has gone to overtime since Feb. 12 1977. The Panthers lost that contest 66-63. Pitt is 2-1 in overtime contests against Duquesne. The game marked Pitt’s first double overtime game since it played Oklahoma State to a double overtime contest in Oklahoma City on Dec. 21, 2006, a 95-86 loss.
*The Panthers took their first lead in the game with 2:13 remaining in the first overtime period. Pitt outscored Duquesne 11-2 in the final overtime period.
*For the second straight game and the second time overall this season, the Panthers had four players score in double figures (Gary McGhee, 11; Ashton Gibbs, 15; Nasir Robinson, 11; Brad Wanamaker, 14). The same group scored in double figures last week against Youngstown State.
*Pitt has now won 55 of its last 59 games against non-conference opponents dating back to a Jan. 2, 2005 loss to Bucknell.
*Pitt coach Jamie Dixon improved to 40-3 overall in the month of December. He also improved to 7-0 as a head coach against Duquesne and is now 79-5 all-time vs. non-conference opponents.
*Robinson, McGhee, Woodall, Gibbs, Wanamaker and Adams all logged career-highs in minutes.
*McGhee, a junior center, had his fourth game in a row scoring in double figures. McGhee has converted on an impressive 25-32 field goals so far this season.
*Wanamaker, a junior guard, notched his first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. His 10 rebounds was a career-high. It was the fifth time this season that Wanamaker scored in double figures.
*With his 15 points, Ashton Gibbs reached double figure scoring for the fifth time in seven games.