Dec. 2, 2010
Pitt vs. Duquesne, CONSOL Energy Center, December 1, 2010
Pitt 80, Duquesne 66
*In the 79th all-time matchup between the two programs, Pitt and Duquesne met for the first-ever basketball game played in Pittsburgh’s CONSOL Energy Center, which is home to the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins and opened earlier this year for the 2010-11 NHL season.
*Pitt improved to 48-31 all-time against Duquesne and has now won 10 in a row, the longest winning streak in the 78-year series history. Pitt has claimed 29 of the last 32 meetings between the two schools.
*Jamie Dixon improved a perfect 8-0 against Duquesne and now holds a 92-6 record against non-conference opponents.
*Pitt reached the 80-point marker against Duquesne for the first time since its 87-57 win on Dec. 4, 2004.
*With 20 offensive rebounds on the night, Pitt has now grabbed 10 or more offensive rebounds in each of its first eight games. Pitt had 14 offensive rebounds and 33 total in the first half alone (vs. Duquesne’s 17 total).
*Pitt outrebounded Duquesne, 56-35, and has now outrebounded seven of eight opponents on the season. Pitt has outrebounded each of those opponents by double-figures and has outrebounded four teams by 20-plus points this season. The Panthers are outrebounding opponents by an average of 16.75 per game.
*Pitt fell behind at the start of the game, 9-2, but bounced back with a 9-1 run that put the Panthers in the lead. Pitt led the rest of the way.
*Pitt’s bench outscored Duquesne’s bench, 35-8. Pitt also outscored the Dukes in the paint (42-22), on second chances (21-12) and on the fast break (18-15).
*Senior center Gary McGhee set a career-high in rebounds with 13 and blocks. McGhee also tied a career-high with 12 points (three other times: vs. Oakland 3/19/10; vs. Seton Hall 2/6/10; vs. Youngstown State 11/28/09). His six field goals made also set a career-high.
*McGhee’s seven blocks not only set a career-high, it tied a school-record (seven-block mark had been done 13 times in the past, the last by Chris Taft on 12/20/03).
*McGhee registered his fifth career doubled-double, finishing the first half alone with 10 points and 10 rebounds. He became the first player at Pitt to register a double-double in the first half alone since DeJuan Blair registered 15 points and 13 rebounds at Connecticut in Feb. 2009.
*Junior Nasir Robinson’s 14 points and 12 rebounds gave him the third double-double of his career and his first of the season and set a career-high in rebounds (previous high was 11 vs. Robert Morris on 11/23/10). Robinson achieved double-figure scoring for the first time this season and the 10th time in his career. Robinson’s previous season-high was nine points (twice: vs. Teas Nov. 19; vs. Penn Nov. 27).
*Junior guard Ashton Gibbs recorded 22 points, giving him 16 games in his career in which he’s reached the 20-point mark. Gibbs has scored 20 or more points in five of eight games this season and reached double-figures in each contest.